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For Owners Ana Users Of Commodore VIC20 And 64" Personal Computers

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FEATURES
Commodore's New Computer Family: News From The Winter Consumer Electronics Show Selby Baleman 16
Robots: The New Mobile Computers Selby Bateman 26
How To Start A User Group Kalhy Yakai 40
A Guide To Commodore User Groups, Part 2 Kaihy Yakai 46
Some Answers From Commodore: A Conversation With Myrddin Jones Seiby Bateman and Tom Halfhill . 58

Nevets Steven R. McCloskey 52 V/64


Bingo 64 Richard L Witkover 54 64

REVIEW!
Edumate Light Pen Dan Carmichael 74 V/64
In The Chips Tony Roberts 76 V
Beach-Head For The 64 Shay Addams 79 64
Lunar Leeper And Cannonball Blitz Harvey B. Herman 82 V

EDUCATION/HOME
Computing For Families: Albert Zap, Won't You Please Come Home? Fred D'lgnazio 60 *
Making Calendars Paul C. Liu 67 V/64
French Tutor Michael Quigley ..... 70 V/64

PROGRAMMING
The Beginner's Corner: Match-Em C Regena 86 V/64
Little Known BASIC Commands Todd Heimarck 90 V/64
Tankmania: Adding A Second Joystick To The VIC Ken Gibbons and Curtis Rich 102 V
Hints & Tips: Finding Incorrect DATA Statements Bruno Degazio 104 V/64
Variable Storage: A Beginner's Tour Of BASIC RAM For VIC And 64 Pete Marikle .... .108 V/64
Machine Language For Beginners: Talking To A Disk Richard Mansfield 116 V/64
POWER BASIC: Numeric Keypad Charles Kiueplel 120 V/64
Quick Fix For Color RAM: A Fast And Easy Way To Avoid 'Invisible Characters'
On The Commodore 64 David Cross 124 64

Editor's Notes Robert Lock 6 *


Gazette Feedback Editors and Readers 10 *
Simple Answers To Common Questions Tom Halfhill 84 '
Horizons: 64 Charles Brannon 106 64
VICreations: VIC Chip Utility Dan Carmichael 113 V
News & Products 129 *

PROGRAM LISTING!
Bug-Swatter: Modifications And Corrections 134 *
A Beginner's Guide To Typing In Programs 137 *
How To Type In COMPUTER'S GAZETTE Programs 138 •
Program Listings 140 V/64
Checksums For Early GAZETTE Programs 163 V/64

Product Mart 173 •


Advertisers Index 176 •

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THE EDITOR'S

I had originally planned to write pages of our magazines. Some our efforts, something we pro
about Jack Tramiel's recent res times in a single issue. Our deci duced for wages, and give it to a
ignation from Commodore. He sion was to carry this thinking, user group or a group of friends,
was Us president, chief execu this philosophy, and these goals saying, "This is a portion of my
tive officer, and, not least, its forward into the new disk livelihood. Use it freely, knowing
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pany 25 years ago, he has been a The response has been ex are reducing my salary by an
critical force in shaping this cellent, with one exception. Be equivalent percentage."
entire industry. Recent events, ginning several weeks ago, and If our expectations were off
however, dictated that I pull with increasing frequency, we're the mark, we should be charging
that editorial and replace it with getting calls from individuals $25 for each disk instead of less
this one. and user groups inquiring if the than $6.
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that, done it well. And we've retail stores. We expected to be them in a future issue. Please
grown rapidly in the few years able to do this without adding indicate whether your letter (or
since this industry began and protection. We wouldn't need to parts of it) may be printed in the
our company began—with your build in a giant profit margin to magazine.
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and contributions of feedback, simply make the pricing very create a stir, but I think that as a
programs, articles, etc. reasonable. We're wondering if group of intelligent, active, in
For a long time we've been that thinking is correct. terested users we should start a
looking ahead, asking how we Many of our authors spend discussion on this. Unfortu
can help. That's a collective we. dozens, sometimes hundreds, of nately, we're probably going to
How can we move to a new hours developing the programs have to protect the disks for now.
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wanted to be able to move further each month. In return, they're the reason for my chagrin, is
in our goal of efficient dissemi- ■ paid for their work. They'll earn that we're fundamentally op
nation of software, we started additional royalties on diskette posed to such protection. We
the first of what I hope will be subscriptions—except for disk had decided we would be able to
come several disk magazines. ettes that are shared among doz approach it all differently.
We chose the GAZETTE to start ens of users. Our in-house staff I'm looking forward to
with because it was the easiest spends a comparable amount of hearing from you.
to transfer onto the new medium. time rewriting, testing, and
The logistics are, nevertheless, translating programs to work on
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The final decision was to paid for their work as well. We
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magazine at a "mass-market" mentality which advocates a Editor In Chief
price, not at an incredible mark "sharing" that, in effect, reduces
up. Those of you who have been the wages of these authors.
readers of our publications for I assume that most of us Post Office Box 5406
some time are well aware that would resent this sort of theft if Greensboro, NC 27403
hundreds of dollars worth of it happened to us personally.
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GAZETTE FEEDBACK
EDITORS AND READERS

Do you have a question or a problem? Have If your Datassette will be used only with a VIC or
you discovered something that could help other a 64, then cutting it off is a solution. It won't harm the
VIC-20 and Commodore 64 users? Do you have Datassette or the computer.
a comment about something you've read in
computers gazette? We want to hear from you. Programming On The 64
Write to Gazette Feedback, computed gazette, In the memory map included in the Commodore 64
P.O. Box 5406, Greensboro, NC 27403. Programmer's Reference Guide, locations 124-138
($7C-$8A) are not shown. What are these locations
for? Can they be used in machine language
programs?
The Datassette Mystery Ground Is it possible to write programs on the 64 that
Wire will run automatically when they are loaded? If
I own a Commodore 64 and recently encountered so, how is it done?
a problem that I thought should be passed on to How can I change the name of a disk with
you. programs on it without destroying or erasing the
The ground braid wire (the silver-colored programs?
bare wire) attached to the Commodore Datassette John W. Pitkin
plug accidentally came in contact with a metal tab
Bytes 124-138 are mentioned in the reference guide on
in the user I/O port and permanently damaged a
page 313. This area of zero-page memory is part of the
few chips in the computer. I had to take the 64 to
very important CHRGET subroutine, located at ad
a service center to be repaired. Even though the
dresses 115 to 138.
computer was only five weeks old, the damage
The CHRGET routine gets the next byte of BASIC
was not covered by the warranty. 1 had to pay for
text. When you run a BASIC program, this routine
the repairs myself.
scans the BASIC program lines looking for such things
In the instruction manual supplied with the
as command tokens, commas in DATA statements, etc.
Datassette, there is no mention made of either the
When they are found, they are processed by the BASIC
uses fur this wire or the aforementioned dangers.
interpreter, the commands are executed, and CHRGET
What is this ground wire to be used for, and
scans for the next token.
is it needed?
Because this routine is essential to BASIC, you
Frank Harris should not POKE this area or use it for machine lan
guage. If you're a machine language programmer, this
A Commodore representative informed us that the is a good place for a "wedge." For instance, if you want
ground braid wire is not needed on the Commodore 64 to change some of the BASIC commands, you can look
or the VtC-20, nor is there any place to attach it. If the for your character or token with the CHRGET routine
wire touches the metal tabs in the I/O port, it can indeed and process it accordingly.
do damage. To see just how important this small 24-byte sub
The easiest way to prevent this is to wind the routine is, enter and RUN this short BASIC program:
braided wire around the cassette's cord and then tape it
10 FOR A = 115 TO 138: POKE A,0: NEXT
in place.
You could simply cut it off, but consider this: The After RUNning, try typing something from the
ground wire is required for use with Commodore busi keyboard, then press RETURN. As you can see, the 64
ness computers. If the Datassette might be used with is unusable. Even RUN/STOP— RESTORE won't help.
one of Commodore's business computers, leave it on— However, these locations should be OK to use in
it's required by FCC (Federal Communications Com pure machine language programs that never access
mission) regulations. A Datassette connected to one of BASIC.
their commercial computers without the groi :' braid To answer your second question, yes, it is possible
also connected can cause serious television oi - 10 to LOAD and RUN a program automatically without
interference. pressing the SHIFT/RUN keys.
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Changing the name (or header,) of a diskette after the modem function properly with this type of
it contains programs is tricky—and dangerous—busi hookup?
ness, but it can be done.
Jim Kohlenberg
Track 18, sector 0 of the Commodore diskettes
contains the directory information (what you see when Connectors for modular telephone cords come in two
you enter LOAD "$",8:UST) and the diskette header. sizes: one size on the cord that connects the phone to the
The partial layout looks like this: wall plug, and a smaller size on the cord between the
phone body and handset. The VICmodem takes the
Bytes 0-1 Pointer to directory
smaller, handset connector.
Bytes 4-143 Block Availability Map (BAM)
Bytes 144-161 Name of diskette
Another modem, of the auto-answerlauto-dial
Bytes 162-163 Diskette's two-character ID type, takes the larger connector and plugs into the wall
outlet. This type of modem works without a telephone.
The 18-byte area (144-161) that is used for the diskette
Remember that the VICmodem is designed to con
name contains the name plus shifted spaces (CHR$
nect to a standard desk phone (with either a dial or
160) to fill the 18 bytes. It is possible to change these
Touch-Tone buttons). You use the telephone to dial,
bytes on the diskette, but if it is done incorrectly the
and to make the connection with the other computer's
BAM could be altered, and you might not be able to
phone, then you remove the cord from the handset and
access the programs on the diskette. It's safer to simply
plug it into the modem. At this point your terminal
format a new diskette with the desired name.
software should send a signal to the other computer that
you are ready to communicate.
Using The Super Expander With If that plug on your speaker phone is of the smaller
"The Automatic Proofreader" size designed to take an extension handset, you should
be able to connect the VICmodem directly to the speaker
I recently purchased a VIC-20 Super Expander car
phone, using a handset-to-phone cord.
tridge, and have discovered something discouraging
However, if the plug on your speaker phone is
about it. When "The Automatic Proofreader" is
meant to hook up an extension telephone, you cannot
running and I try to use the KEY command or any
directly connect the modem.
of the function keys, the computer won't cooperate
You should also consider that, while a speaker
and sometimes crashes. What would cause this to
phone might have advantages for voice communications,
happen, and what can 1 do about it?
it can cause problems when you're using the modem. If
William O'Connor
the speaker is activated at the same time as the modem,
There is nothing wrong with your Super Expander car chances are good that sounds picked up by the micro
tridge. "The Automatic Proofreader" should not be used phone will garble the modem transmissions. Also, in
with the Super Expander cartridge plugged in. Both the coming signals ivill be broadcast over the speaker. This
cartridge and The Automatic Proofreader wedge a might be interesting at first, but it will wear on your
machine language program into the same area of the VIC's nerves after a while.
memory. Tiiis conflict causes your VIC to crash. Also, a wide variety of telephone models are avail
Although the Super Expander is incompatible with able, and many have special features which make them
The Automatic Proofreader, other memory expansion incompatible with direct-conned modems like the VIC
cartridges will work fine. modem. Before you purchase any phone (except the
standard desk set) for use with a modem, you should
Can I Use A VICmodem With make certain that the two are compatible. Discuss your

A Speaker Phone? intended application with a technician at the phone


store, and, if possible, talk to someone who is already
I belong to several user groups and communicate
using your brand of modem with the phone model you
with members on the telephone about specific
zvantto buy.
problems and programs. I have found that having
a telephone beside my computer is very helpful,
Cold Starting
because I can work with the computer while talk
Is there any way to reset the VIC-20 without
ing to someone about a problem. I just purchased
turning it off?
the VICmodem, and now want to purchase a tele
phone that can stay in my work area. Edward Wiebe
A speaker telephone would be great because Yes, there is. If you enter SYS 64802 then press RE
both my hands could be free for the computer. TURN, the VIC-20 tvill go through most of the same
The speaker telephone that 1 am interested in has reset routines that arc performed zohen you first turn it
a plug on the rear of the unit (to plug in a regular on. This SYS will reset the BASIC pointers, reset the
handset telephone). If I purchase a short telephone VIC chip, etc. The corresponding SYS address on the
extension cord, can I plug one end of the cord in Commodore 64 is 64738. This technique is often called
the modem and the other end into the modular a cold start. When you turn on your computer with
plug on the rear of the speaker telephone? Will the power switch, you are also performing a cold start.
12 COMPUTE'S Gazette April 19B4
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Transferring Data From BASIC
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Still the Best! If there is a numeric constant (2, for example) that
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you can do so with the USR command. But how
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IFR $1C49 STA $FB


(store value of data in the accumulator into bytt?
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number 251)
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DISK OR TAPE 510 continue BASIC program...

$39.95 With the single POKE you can transfer values of 0-255
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Where N = number to be stored:

= INT(N/256):POKEbytel,N-(NN"256):POKE
Put youraall In the pilot's seatl A very challenging realistic byte2,NN
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Full aircraft features. Realistic aircraft performance — to 65535 using the standard LBHB (low byte, high
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Some good areas on the VIC for temporary data

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New Computer
Family:
News From The Winter
Consumer Electronics Show
Selby Bateman, Assistant Editor

A new line of Commodore computers with But the biggest news was the announcement
built-in software options—the 264 family— of the new 264 family of Commodore computers,
created the biggest stir among computer in which will contain a consumer-selectable choice
dustry retailers and distributors at the 1984 of built-in software; a stronger BASIC language,
Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES). with 60K available for BASIC programming (the
Commodore also displayed a growing collec Commodore 64 has less than 40K of usable BASIC
tion of 64 and VIC-20 software, a faster disk RAM) and more than 75 BASIC commands; a new
drive, and a new video monitor. Here's a report keyboard that includes a HELP key, four separate
on the new products and the new choices facing cursor keys, and other programmable function
owners and users of Commodore computers. keys; screen windowing capability; and a built-in
machine language monitor with 12 commands.
A company representative says the 264 should
be available by April 1. Customers will be able to
purchase the 264 with one of several application
Approximately 90,000 people crowded
program options built into ROM, such as a word
their way into the Winter Consumer
processor, spreadsheet, or data base manager.
Electronics Show, a breathtaking array
The consumer may have a choice of additional
of almost every conceivable electronic
software on plug-in ROM chips, but details of the
audio, video, computer, appliance, and peripheral
various options were still being developed during
product that manufacturers hope to sell during
CES. Although Commodore announced no price
1984.
for the 264, company representatives indicate the
Over one-fourth of the 725,000 square feet of
retail price will be under $500.
exhibit space this year was devoted to computer-
related displays, and nearly 300 of the more than
1300 exhibitors represented computer products—-a W, hat the new 264 series does not have is almost
record on both counts. as interesting as what it does. The Commodore
Among the hundreds of exhibition booths 64's versatile SID (Sound Interface Device) chip,
at CES, none seemed to attract more activity which features three independent voices over
and curiosity than Commodore's large gray and nine octaves, had been replaced by two tone
blue display on the floor of the Las Vegas Con generators. That will mean a reduction in sound
vention Center. and music capability. And the 64's eight pro
The company announced that during 1983 it grammable, independently moveable sprites have
became the first microcomputer firm to top the $1 not been included in the 264.
billion mark in sales, more than doubling its S458 Although Commodore says that virtually all
million 1982 sales figures. Commodore officials of the VIC-20 and 64 peripherals are compatible
said that all four of its microcomputer models—64, with the 264, the software is not. Internally the
VIC-20, PET, and CBM—achieved record sales 264 is significantly different than older Commo
levels during 1983. dores because of its new operating system and
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Because TRAIN5 is a 5pinnaker game, which means It's use different Kinds of information in setting priorities.
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TRAIM5 puts Kids In charge of an old-time railroad. And LooK for TRAIM5 on disk at your
whether their railway empire gets bigger or goes out of local software
business Is entirely up to them. retailer, and play
As they juggle the challenges of picking up supplies and It on your Apple/
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keeping the locomotive filled with coal, and making enough Commodore 64"
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BASIC. Even the cassette buffer has been slightly • Commodore 264—In addition to the features
relocated in memory. Also, the central processing mentioned above, the 264 has 128 colors (16 colors
unit (CPU) is not the 6502/6510 chip found in the with 8 luminance levels); eight volume levels; a
VIC and 64; it is a new chip called the 7501. newly designed 67-key keyboard with four re
Luckily, the 7501 appears to be largely compatible programmable function keys; input/output (I/O)
with the 6500-series chips, sharing the same in ports compatible with 64 and VIC-20 peripherals;
struction sot. and display, resolution, and character features
similar to the 64.
• Commodore 364—Based on the 264, the
364 has built-in speech capability with a 250-plus
word capacity (additional vocabulary can be
loaded from optional cartridges or disks); 48K
ROM, including operating system, BASIC inter
preter, and speech operating system (up to 48K
additional ROM can be added with various built-in
software options); and an 86-key full-stroke
keyboard with a 19-key numeric keypad. No
suggested price was announced. One Commodore
representative said the 364 is expected to be avail
able by the end of the summer.
• SX64 Portable Computer—Formerly intro
Commodore's new 264 computer, showing the four separate duced as the SX-100 and later the Executive 64,
cursor keys (loxver right) am! the four programmable function the SX64 is a portable 64 rather than a 264-based
keys (at left above keyboard). The Commodore 364 will have a machine. The SX64 has a built-in 5-inch color
similar console, bill with a 19-key numeric keypad above the monitor, a 170K built-in 5'/i-inch floppy disk drive
cursor keys.
(second drive optional), plus other features identical
to the Commodore 64. The retail price is $995.
What does all this mean? BASIC programs
• 1703 Color Monitor—Housed in a charcoal
written for the VIC and 64 which do not rely
gray box, the new Commodore monitor is similar
heavily on PEEKs, POKEs, sound, or sprite
in other ways to the earlier 1702 and 1701. The
graphics probably will work with very little mod
1703 has a 13-inch diagonal screen and is compat
ification on the 264-series computers. But machine
ible with the 264 line as well as with the 64, VIC-20,
language programs—and BASIC programs which
and SX64.
manipulate memory with PEEKs and POKEs—will
• SFS 481 Fast Disk Drive—The new 5'/4-inch
need much more translating before they'll work
Commodore disk drive, for use with the 264 and
on the 264. Almost all commercial software falls
364 only, is reportedly five times faster than the
into the latter category. Commodore estimates
1541 drive.
that 80 to 90 percent of VIC and 64 programs
• 1542 Disk Drive—An upgraded version of
should be adaptable to the 264.
the 1541. Further details will be announced by
Commodore emphasizes that the new family
Commodore.
of computers in no way indicates a lessening of
• Commodore TouchScreen—A plastic over
support by Commodore for the 64, the VIC-20, or
lay that can be fitted over the front of a television
the company's other microcomputers. As one
set or a video monitor, the new TouchScreen al
Commodore pfficial says, the 264 is not directed
lows the user to bypass the keyboard completely
at the same set of consumers as are the other prod
in order to operate such programs as Commodore's
ucts, especially the top-selling Commodore 64. The
Magic Desk or to create graphics with the touch
264 offers built-in software for word processing,
of a finger. No word yet on availability or price.
spreadsheet analysis, data base management, or
• Commodore Light Pen—A pressure-
other small business applications, notes Myrddin
sensitive mechanism near the point of this light
Jones, Commodore's vice president for marketing
pen allows you to draw and to move objects on
{see interview elsewhere in this issue). The 64 is
the screen and to control programs such as Magic
more oriented toward music, sprites, and gaming,
Desk.
he adds.
• Magic Voice Speech Module—The speech
Commodore is counting on the 264 family to
module plugs into the User Port of the Commo
complement the 64, VIC-20, and the others, rather
dore 64, and contains an additional port into which
than to compete with them, Jones says.
other cartridges can be inserted. The module has
a built-in vocabulary of 235 words, spoken by
A he new Commodore hardware products and what sounds like a female voice. Words can be
options include the following: user-defined for various speeds and programmed
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Commodore promises that more words and dif Type and File cartridge introduced last year, this is
ferent voices will be available in the future on an enhanced program with an integrated text-
disk and cartridge. The speech module has a editor, spreadsheet, file manager, and calculator
suggested price of $59.95 and can be plugged into for beginning computer users. Help screens are
the SX64 portable computer as well. built-in, and the menu system uses icons, or
The introduction of the 264 line meant that picture-symbols, rather than words to convey the
Commodore was one of the few computer com different functions (similar to Apple's more com
panies to introduce a new machine at the four-day plex business-oriented Lisa).
CES show, a far cry from last summer's CES in
Chicago. Seventeen new microcomputers were
introduced at that time.
Atari, Inc. introduced no new computers at
the winter CES. Apple showed up for the first
time in three years, but chose not to unveil its
Macintosh at the show. IBM had no exhibit at all.
Coleco introduced some new peripherals for its
Adam computer, including an add-on tape drive,
a disk drive, 1200-baud modem, and a 64K mem
ory expander. Spectravideo announced two new
computers, and a British company exhibited pro
totypes of a new machine which might reach the
U.S. later this year. But none of these booths were
as consistently crowded as Commodore's.
MusiCalc I from Waveform Corporation turns a Commodore
64 into a musical instrument.
ommodore is continuing to expand its software
line and announced a variety of personal produc • Commodore 3-Phts-l—This integrated soft
tivity and game offerings. ware package includes a word processor, file man
For the Commodore 264, SigHartmann, presi ager, spreadsheet, and business graphics.
dent of Commodore Software, says that the com Through windowing, the word processor and the
pany plans to have more than 30 software products spreadsheet may be used simultaneously on the
available on cartridge, disk, and tape when the screen.

264 goes on sale. "The key area we're emphasizing • Superscript 264—-A multifunction word
in software for the Commodore 264 is productiv processor designed for both beginner and expert
ity, covering such areas as household manage users, the package includes text editing, number
ment, word processing, calculation, business calculations, mail-list functions, and a cut-and-
accounting, and education," says Hartmann. paste feature for on-screen text editing.
Commodore is continuing to encourage third- • EasyCalc 64 and EasyCalc 264—These are
party software development for its computers, spreadsheet programs with color selection and
and introduced a number of new packages which graphics. Both packages are sold on cartridge,
were created for it by such companies as Data 20, which Commodore says leaves more workspace
Digital Research, Infocom, Island Graphics, and in the computer than comparable disk-based
others. For example. Data 20 Corporation of spreadsheets.
Laguna Hills, California, created word processing, • Commodore BIGraph—A business graphics
spreadsheet, and graph software on ROM chips and statistics package, B/Craph computes and
for the new 264 computer line, some of which will converts financial and statistical results into three-
be built-in and some of which will be cartridge dimensional color charts, graphs, pie charts,
add-ons. histograms, and other graphics.
Of the more than 200 Commodore-brand • Financial Advisor—A financial aid program,
software products now in distribution, more than Financial Advisor computes loan, mortgage, and
half were produced by outside developers, a com investment formulas, and is available on cartridge.
pany official notes. • Teligraphics—This is videolext and graphics
Among the new products are seven personal software for use with Commodore telecommuni
productivity packages, which are scheduled to be cations modems. It allows transmission of pic
available by late spring on cartridge or disk for tures, text, and business graphics over the tele
(he Commodore 64 and 264. Several of the pro phone and between computers. The package also
grams are planned as built-in software options for allows users to upload and download data through
the 264 as well. The packages are: telecomputing services such as CompuServe.
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other functions. MPS-801 printer.

••mong the other software packages announced


independent companies continue to develop and
at CES by Commodore are:
market a growing number of hardware and software
• Ten new educational software products,
products for the Commodore microcomputers.
including the Milliken Edufun (VIC-20 and Com
Chalk Board, Inc., developer of the PowerPad
modore 64) series, the Kinder Koncepts (Commo
touch tablet, announced six new software pack
dore 64) series, and two now programs featuring
ages scheduled for release in the first quarter of
the animated "Commodore Kids," Math Facts and
1984. They include Leo's 'Lectric Graphics, a
Numbers Galore.
graphics system which allows users to do finger
• Commodore Logo programming language for
painting, multiple-contact drawing, or a fine,
the 64 and 264 computers, with 170K of available
point-to-point drawing; Leonardo's Logo, a turtle
disk storage.
graphics program which employs push-button
• International Soccer, the first in a series of
symbolic graphics in place of keyboard entry;
advanced games with three-dimensional color
Leonardo's Philharmonic, a music composition pack
animation which Commodore is calling the Gold
age; Boolean Blueprints, an advanced BASIC tutor
Medallion games. Suggested retail price is $34.95,
for the novice; Runway, an aircraft navigation and
and the game should be available by the time you
piloting simulation program based on geometric
read this.
principles; and Borderline, an international rela
• Other entertainment programs introduced
tions simulation game.
include Viduzzlcs, a series of video puzzles for AtariSoft, the third-party software publishing
children; jack Attack, an animated strategy game;
division of Atari, announced conversions of seven
and Solar Fox, a converted Bally Midway adventure
hit arcade titles for the Commodore 64 and VIC-20.
game. Initial deliveries are scheduled for this
The games are Joust, Battlezone, Pole Position, Ms.
spring.
Pac-Man, Moon Patrol, Calaxian, and jungle Hunt.
• Four new "talking" software products for
Suggested prices for each game are $34.95 on disk
use with Commodore's new Magic Voice speech
and $44.95 on cartridge.
module in the 64 and 264 computers. Two of the
Waveform Corp. introduced MusiCalc I, a
programs are Bally Midway games—Gor/and
software package designed to transform the Com
Wizard of War—and two are alphabet and number
modore 64 into a three-voice synthesizer with
educational packages for young children—A Bee
realtime sequencing, slide controls, modulators,
C's and Counting Bee. Prices for the games should
and transposes. The program allows users to
be in the $30-$40 range, Commodore announced.
play along with preprogrammed melodies, or
• Micro Illustrator for the Commodore 64 and
create and store their own melodies for later
264 computers, a popular "paint" system for cre
playback. The suggested price is $74.95.
ation of color graphics. The package uses a menu
of icons and either a joystick or light pen. The
Commodore 64 version will use all 16 of its colors Brdderbund Software has converted its popular
and was scheduled for February release, while word processing program, Bank Street Writer, to
the 264 version will have a range of 128 colors and disk format for the Commodore 64. Previously
is set for an April release. available for Apple and Atari computers, Bank
• Micro Cookbook for the Commodore 64, a Street Writer displays all functions and commands
household management program providing cook at the top of the screen in order to eliminate the
book and recipe management. Features include need for memorizing codes or command words.
meal planning (plus help with leftovers), a glos Suggested retail price is $69.95.
sary of cooking terms, calorie and nutritional in Human Engineered Software (HesWare), the
formation, and 155 recipes with space for 100 largest single-source supplier of software for the
more. Initial sales were scheduled for early Feb Commodore 64, announced seven new educa
ruary at under $40 each. tional and productivity programs for the 64. Turtle
• Silent Butler, a record-keeping and financial Toyland jr., produced for HesWare by ChildWare
management package on disk, which is designed Corporation of Menlo Park, California, operates
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programming concepts to children. HesWare also teach the user about 64 programming, graphics,
announced three new educational titles from Sun and sound; and Bumblebee, an educational
burst Software—Factory, for those eight years or cartridge-based program for children six years
older, places the user in the role of a design en and older, which introduces the concepts of com
gineer who must create geometric products on an puter programming. Each of the programs sells
assembly line; M-ss-ng L-nks, ages ten and above, for $34.95.
is a language puzzle designed to improve spelling, Program Design, Inc. (PDI), of Greenwich,
grammar, comprehension skills, and writing; and Connecticut, announced the availability of ten
Tri-Math, ages 6-12 years, uses an alien space new program translations for the Commodore 64.
intruder, a dinosaur, and a mysterious mansion The programs include Analogies, Vocabulary Builder
as a part of a math skills program. 1 and 2, Rending Comprehension: What's Different?,
Creative Software, of Sunnyvale, California, Preschool IQ Builder I, Memory Builder; Concentra
introduced seven software programs for the tion, Story Builder/Word Master, Code Breaker,
Commodore 64. Three of them—Joe's Writer, Fred's Number Series, and Shaft Raider.
Filer, and Jack's Calc—are components of an inte PDI President John Victor no doubt spoke for
grated personal productivity series the company quite a few software firms when he stated, "We
calls the People's Choice. Designed for older chil have decided to translate many of our titles into
dren and adults, the series features a word proc the Commodore 64 format...based on its growing
essor, a file manager, and a spreadsheet. Each popularity in the marketplace."
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price of $49.95. Commodore 64 owners and, to a slightly lesser
Also introduced by Creative Software were degree, VIC-20 users will be finding during 1984—
Crisis Mountain, an action game on cartridge; In improved and more plentiful software in all areas
The Chips (see a review of this game elsewhere in of computing. The Winter CES not only intro
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able on cartridge for the 64, that teaches the player revealed more clearly that the company's growing
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Robots:
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Selby Bateman, Assistant Editor, Features

The robot, one of the most popular of science It is no coincidence that the first International
fiction subjects, is now appearing on store Personal Robot Congress (IPRC) is set for this
shelves as a personal, programmable micro year. Between 3000 and 5000 people are expected
computer on wheels. Although personal robots to attend the three-day event, April 13-15 in
haven't achieved the mass popularity of home Albuquerque. A potpourri of commercial exhibits,
computers, they are finding an eager audience seminars, amateur robotics competitions, demon
as a combination computer toy and tinkerer's strations, and lectures by leading robotics experts
playground. is planned. And the first Golden Droid Awards will
be presented to the best amateur robot builders in
several categories.
B.O.B., Jenus, HERO I, RB5X, Shakey, Freddy, The idea for the IPRC began with Joseph
Epistle, Topo, F.R.E.D. Bosworth, president of RB Robot Corporation in
Golden, Colorado. RB Robot, maker of the RB5X
The names aren't as famous as the fictional personal robot, is one of the three major personal
R2D2 or C3PO, yet these are the real robot companies in the U.S. The other two are
pioneers that later generations of robots Androbot, Inc., of San Jose, California, producer
of Topo, B.O.B., and a couple of other robots;
may someday view as venerable ancestors.
They are contributing to what one American com and the Heath Company of Benton Harbor, Michi
pany now calls the Age of Robotics. gan, creator of the HERO I robot.
Bosworth talked over his idea for the congress
with executives from Androbot and Heath. He
several new robots are being introduced this found them interested. "In keeping with what all
spring and others that were marketed in 1983 are three of these companies are doing in pioneering
also available, with prices ranging from about the industry, there really needed to be some kind
$350 up to $5000. of industry kickoff," says Bosworth. "It's exciting
This generation of personal robots can speak, and it's been a lot of fun to plan. Albuquerque is
sing, deliver messages or trays of hors d'oeuvres, going to be one crazy town that weekend."
wake you up in the morning, answer phone calls, Appropriately, the keynote speaker for the
and play games—all under strictly limited condi event will be Isaac Asimov, whose prolific literary
tions. Their shapes are closer to fire hydrants on output has included three novels and more than
wheels than to humans, but manufacturers are (wo dozen stories with robots as central figures.
working to make them, as one industry leader Asimov essentially redefined the way science
says, "charming." fiction writers portrayed robots. His fictional
This year may well be remembered as the robots are machines of intelligence and rational
one in which personal robots first began to capture thought, programmed to follow Asimov's classic
the public's fancy. Three Laws of Robotics:
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1. A robot may not injure a human being, or eyes are animated; they follow the pen as it moves
through inaction, allow a human being to come to across a sheet of paper. The mechanism that drives
harm. The Scribe, and a similar automaton called The
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by Draughtsman, is an intricate clocklike machine
human beings except where such orders would with a complex series of disks, springs, and cams.
conflict with the First Law. Both of these early robotic forms are still func
3. A robot must protect its own existence tional. (Mary Shelley reportedly visited an exhibit
except where such protection would conflict with of these renowned automatons just a year before
the First or Second Law. her book, Frankenstein, appeared.)
The word robot comes from the Czech word
for worker, robota (or the closely allied word,
robotit, meaning "to drudge"). It was first used in
a 1921 play by Karel Capek, R.U.R. (Rossum's Uni
versal Robots), in which robots destroy the human
race. It was this negative view of robots as soulless
machines bent on destroying their makers from
which Asimov departed.
Since Capek, science fiction writers by the
hundreds have vested robots with a wide variety
of abilities and personality traits. Movies have
given us a clear, if fantastic, image of robots, rang
ing from the evil human impersonator in Fritz
Lang's Metropolis (1926) to the droids in George
Lucas's Star Wars trilogy, which possess the full
range of human characteristics.

Vw hile science fiction has aided us in visualizing


what we want in a personal robot, industrial ro
botics research has provided much of the
hardware development. American industry uses
robots in auto assembly lines, oil drilling opera
tions, coal mines, and hundreds of other places.
There are robotic mail carriers that roll through
corporate offices, automated tractors that deliver
and pick up parts, and welding machines that
exhibit tireless accuracy. Robots tend machines,
paint, handle parts, and inspect assembly of
products.
Approximately 7000 industrial robots operate
Androbot's Topo, a three-foot-tall computer-peripheral robot, in the United States, about 9000 in Europe, and
will be available this year for Commodore, Apple, and IBM Japan may have as many as 30,000. The Japanese
computers. Base price is $1595. have made robot development a national goal,
with full government backing and a multimillion
dollar investment.
■ opular interest in robots has not been limited The Robot Institute of America, an industry
to our own time. History is full of examples of support association with 255 corporate members,
our fascination with automatons, the precursors estimates that by 1991 there will be more than
of robots which could move by themselves and 100,000 robots installed and operating in U.S.
be directed to perform predetermined morions. plants. Joseph Engelberger, considered the father
The ancient Egyptians constructed complicated of robotics, says that within ten years the robot
water clocks. The Greeks and the Chinese built industry will be a $3 billion a year enterprise.
water-driven figures which performed a variety This June the largest industrial robotics show
of movements. of its kind, Robots 8, is expected to draw more
One of the most famous automatons, The than 20,000 people to Detroit. Another industry
Scribe, was created in the eighteenth century by support group, Robotics International of the
Swiss craftsmen. This lifelike figure of a child Society of Manufacturing Engineers, has a mem
seated at a drawing table writes with a quill pen bership of more than 10,000 engineers, educators,
and dips the pen into an ink well. Even the doll's and consultants. It is planning a conference and
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trade show, Robots West, for next November in box was in the room occupied by Shakey? The
Anaheim, California, that may attract as many as computer program which drove Shakey had to
15,000 participants. work out each step of the desired action from a
1984's robots are a far cry from the multi- limited number of movements at its disposal. The
talented, two-legged science fiction versions. Yet, number of Shakey's potential decisions quickly
robotics technology has come a long way in a very produced a mathematical explosion of options.
short time. It has been the computer, with its tiny Freddy's job was no easier. The robot had to
chips and integrated circuits, that has made those be shown each step of a successful operation and
gains possible. then it repeated the process. If its limited sensing
mechanism couldn't find the correct shape of a
toy part from the pile of parts at its disposal, it
would pick through the pile. But if stymied,
Freddy would smash its arm into the pile of parts,
trying to break them into something it could
recognize.

Kobots are getting smarter, however. Jenus, a


robot created by Robotics International Corpora
tion, rolls under its own power. When its batteries
weaken, it locates an electrical outlet and plugs
in. IBM is reportedly working on a robot called
Epistle that will read the mail and then pick out
the more important letters by looking for certain
phrases or words previously embedded in its
memory.

Robotics pioneer David Heiserman, a con


sultant and author of How To Design and Build
Your Own Custom Robot and four other books on
robotics, believes there are many people who
want robots but can't justify the expense. Unlike
the microcomputer, a robot cannot yet be called a
utility item for the home of the individual.
"I'm very optimistic about how it's going to
F.R.E.D. (Friendly Robotic Educational Device), a 12-inch, turn out," says Heiserman. "But the people who
$349 robot that speaks, moves, and draws, and can be directed are manufacturing these commercial hobby robots
by an infrared signal from the remote control device at right. will go through a difficult period. They have to
put a lot of money into product development and
support for the robot without any return for a
During the late 1960s, scientists at Stanford
while."
Research Institute (SRI) International created a That's not the view that the manufacturers
forerunner of the present group of personal are taking. Rick Gibson, marketing manager for
robots. It was aptly named Shakey. Mounted on Androbot, says that initial response to the com
the robot were an arm, a television camera, and pany's product has been overwhelming. He be
grippers. Shakey was programmed to roll around lieves that sales of robots in 1984 will be brisk
in a small, five-room environment, shifting and among dedicated computer hackers and hobbyists.
stacking boxes on command. The real challenge for Androbot and other
In the 1970s, a robot named Freddy was de robot producers will follow this first burst of en
veloped at Edinburgh University. Freddy was a
thusiasm among those already fascinated with
large suspended arm with a gripper, similar in
robotics. "Right now we're trying to increase the
form to some assembly-line industrial robots of robots' capabilities so that after the initial market
today. Freddy's job was to choose appropriate
of instantly interested people is satisfied, we'll
parts from a pile in order to make toys. have robots that are more productive and can do
These and other early experiments in robotics
some things," says Gibson. "By the end of 1984,
demonstrated to engineers the enormous com
we'll be able to offer the options that will interest
plexity involved in creating robots which could
the next phase of the marketplace."
make decisions in even the simplest fashion. How
could someone tell Shakey all of the possible deci
sions to be made in finding a particular box and Lndrobot introduced a prototype version of its
moving it next to another box? And what if neither robot, Topo, in the spring of 1983. The 33-pound,
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sophistication and adaptability of robots. An Adaptable Hand: Robotic hands are de
There are significant problem areas, however. veloped to the point that they can hold almost
Discriminating Vision: A robot's visual sen anything a human hand can. What hasn't
sor is usually a television camera. The camera been perfected is a robot's hand with the
translates what it sees into picture elements adaptability of our four fingers and opposable
(pixels). Each of the many pixels is then given thumb. For a robot to hold a paint sprayer
a numerical value based on the varying levels takes one type of gripper. The same robot
of light. The number patterns are analyzed needs a different mechanism to hold a can.
by the computer, which matches these pat And yet a third robotic hand might be re
terns to corresponding values previously quired to grasp a vacuum cleaner nozzle.
embedded in memory. In this way, for ex A Natural Language: To communicate with
ample, a robot can find a particular item it your Commodore 64 or VIC-20 requires a
has been programmed to seek, such as parts language such as BASIC, which will translate
of a machine it is building. human ideas into numbers the computer can
In the past, a computer's ability to proc understand. But there are tremendous prob
ess visual images has been relatively un lems involved in telling a robot to carry out
sophisticated and slow. Scientists are now what may appear at first to be even the
working to perfect a pattern-finding function simplest function. Computer-driven robots
which will allow the computer to discriminate cannot become popular and useful until there
swiftly among images and even to add new is a way for humans to communicate with
information to its visual senses. them without having to learn a complex
Bipedal Locomotion: Do you want your robot programming language.
to climb stairs, go up a ladder, or step over a This is a central concern of artificial in
curb? That's not yet possible. Why do you telligence research (AI), one of the most in
think most robots roll along like R2D2 rather triguing and controversial aspects of com
than walk as does C3PO? Even a toddler can puter science and robotics. For over 25 years
outwalk a robot. But that will change. AI researchers have worked to improve the
Robotics engineers at places like Carnegie- way in which humans communicate with
Mellon's Robotics Institute are making great computers. LISP (List Processing), SHRDLU,
strides in this area of research. There are and other experimental natural languages
already prototypes that walk with the multi- have been developed to help solve this fun
legged style of a spider and that bounce from damental problem. The search continues.

34 COMPUTED Gazette April 1984


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other method is a phoneme system that allows programmed to navigate through an area, re
Topo to sing, to speak in foreign languages, and member those patterns, speak, and choose from
to make sound effects. This second form allows over 100 stored words and phrases.
the user to control the pitch, speed, and volume "Initially B.O.B. will be a robot for pro
of Topo's voice. grammers, hobbyists, and computer buffs," says
The base price for the new Topo is $1595. The Rick Gibson. "Through additional software in the
robot is controlled by an infrared link housed in a future, B.O.B. will develop into a highly sophisti
transceiver (base communicator) that plugs into cated robot, ultimately evolving over the years
an Apple computer. During the second half of into a personal servant. It has the equivalent
1984, Androbot has plans to introduce a Topo capabilities of an IBM PC on-board, and programs
version for Commodore and IBM PC computers. can be written either on an IBM PC or an Apple II
with a modem."
The base price for B.O.B. will be approxi
mately $2000. With accessories, the price can go
as high as $5000.
Androbot is also introducing F.R.E.D.
{Friendly Robotic Educational Device). Aimed at
the educational field, F.R.E.D. has an infrared
controller which can be used to make it talk, move,
or control a drawing pen mechanism. F.R.E.D. is
12 inches high, weighs two and a half pounds,
and costs $349.
F.R.E.D. comes with a utility wagon and a
pen activation arm that will accept future acces
sories. The robot has a 45-word vocabulary and is
expandable. Androbot plans to make F.R.E.D.
compatible with almost all personal computers,
although the infrared controller means that the
computer is not essential. Like the other robots,
F.R.E.D. can detect a void around it and thus
protect itself from rolling off the edge of a surface.
Finally, Androbot has created Androman, a
12-inch tall game robot for use with an Atari VCS
2600 or VCS-compatible machines. This game
robot comes with a joystick controller that works
via a remote infrared signal, a game cartridge, a
transmitter, a game-playing field, a set of game
pieces imprinted with coded information, and an
Heath's HERO I robot, a programmable computer on wheels instruction manual. Play involves shifts between
that sells for a base price of $2500 assembled ($1500 in full
the computer monitor and the playing field.
kit form).

Topo can move at a speed of about two feet


The HERO I (Heath Educational RObot) was
introduced a little over a year ago by the Heath
per second, contains three 8031 microprocessors
Company, which so far has sold several thousand
(two on-board and one in the base communicator),
and has eight card slots (two already in use for of them at about $1500 in kit form and $2500
motion control and communication/speech con factory-assembled. Without the optional arm and
trol). Also available are a number of educational voice capability, the kit sells for about $1000.
and instructional software programs and an at "It's been an extremely good seller for us,"
tachable Androwagon that carries up to 20 says Douglas Bonham, director of Heathkit/Zenith
■pounds. Topo is upgradable and takes commands Educational Systems. "The Heath robot incorpo
from the keyboard or through a joystick. rates all of the basic systems found on modern
Androbot, a company established by Atari industrial robots, plus a few that are still in the
founder Nolan Bushnell, is currently introducing experimental stage of industrial application."
two more personal robots. B.O.B. (brains-on At 20 inches tall and 39 pounds, HERO I looks
board), as its name implies, is the most sophisti something like the robot R2D2 of Star Wars fame.
cated of the robots being created by the company. The turret-like head rotates up to 350 degrees and
In addition to its two Intel 8086 microprocessors, carries an arm mechanism, programming
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A User Group
Kathy Yakal, Editorial Assistant

A user group is a good .resource for program hesitated because of the enormity of the task, it
ming tips, free software, and new ideas on may be because you're looking at the huge groups
how to use your computer. If you can't find a that have evolved over months or years, like TPUG
group that meets near you, then why not start with more than 13,000 members. There are
your own? Here are some suggestions. thousands of programs in its public domain soft
ware library and an annual convention in Toronto
that attracts people from all over the world. A
When the first Commodore PETs were imported full-time staff runs the group's office.
into Canada about five years ago, Mike Bonny- Large, successful user groups don't just
castle bought one. He was looking for a micro materialize. Most of them start with a handful of
that he could use in his business and hadn't been individuals who want to learn more about an ex
pleased with other machines available at that time. citing hobby.
"Up to then, there wasn't a viable machine," he
says. "That 8K PET was about a hundred times "I Wanted Company"
better than I thought it would be." Frank Topping bought a VIC-20 in December,
But there were some things about the PET 1982. Retired, he lives in Englewood, Florida, a
that Bonnycastle didn't understand. He went community of about 20,000 people. An amateur
back to the Commodore dealer. "I don't know radio operator with several friends who owned
how to do that either," the dealer said, "but you computers, he looked around to see if there was a
might try calling a guy named Jim Butterfield." user group in the area.
Bonnycastle looked up Butterfield in the "1 wanted company," says Topping. "Com
Toronto phone book and called him. "Why don't puting is lonesome without other computer hob
you come over this afternoon?" Butterfield said. byists." Finding no established group close
Bonnycastle arrived at the house and found enough to join, he decided that, with a little initial
another Commodore owner, Lyman Duggan, organization on his part, the Commodore owners
also waiting to talk to Butterfield. The three of in Englewood could have their own group.
them sat down and talked Commodore. As they Topping contacted the local media to see if
parted, one of them said, "Why don't we do this he could get some publicity for the group's or
again sometime?" ganizational meeting. Four newspapers wrote
And that was the first meeting of TPUG, the articles about his efforts, and the station manager
Toronto PET User Group. of WENG-AM in Englewood interviewed him on
the air one morning.
Simple Beginnings "It was very successful," says Topping. "I
Though they didn't know it that Saturday after got lots of phone calls, and 14 people came to the
noon, what those three men started would grow organizational meeting at my home." It soon be
to.be one of the largest and most respected Com came evident that Topping's home wasn't big
modore user groups in the world. The single ele enough for group meetings, so they contacted a
ment that they had in common was a desire to local savings and loan who let them use a meeting
learn more about the ins and outs of Commodore room free of charge. "Bits & Bytes," the Computer
computers, and a willingness to share what they User Group of Englewood, Florida, that Frank
had learned with others. Topping started, has more than tripled in size
If you have wanted to start a user group but since that first meeting.
40 COMPUTEIS Gazette April 1984
Chances are, you got The faster you respond, the more points you
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Should We? appoint or elect people to be in charge of publicity
and refreshments.
Publicity and an organizational meeting do not a
Your bylaws can contain whatever informa
user group make—unless there is sufficient inter
tion you think is appropriate. Try to keep it flex
est. "The whole substance of our first meeting
ible. The rules don't have to be carved in stone,
was asking the question, 'Should we?'," says
but a little organization at the group's beginning
Topping.
can save a lot of trouble and bad feelings later on.
Interest, a bit of organization, a place to meet,
and at least one computer is all you really need to Getting Down To Business
start a user group. There are no formal guidelines
Now that that's out of the way, you can get started
or requirements. Commodore appreciates its user
on what you set out to do: share information about
groups, but places no restrictions on them.
computing.
You may have actually started a user group
But what information? Who teaches and who
without knowing it. Do you get together with
learns? You can find this out by having everyone
friends occasionally and try to figure out pro
at the first meeting, and new members as they
gramming problems together? That's a user group.
come in, write down what they could do some
The only difference between your informal gather
kind of presentation about, and what things they
ings and the Montgomery County Commodore
would be most interested to learn.
Computer Society or the Eau Claire Commodore
Your agenda coordinator or committee can
64 User Group is a little formality.
use this information to plan each meeting. You
might want to bring in special speakers from local
Getting Formal computer stores or schools for certain topics, but
So you and a friend have decided to start a group. you may have enough talent within your group
You could follow Frank Topping's example and to plan a whole year's worth of meetings.
try to get some media coverage. You can post Some groups falter at this point. If no one is
signs at local computer stores, school bulletin comfortable enough with his or her computer
boards, even laundromats and grocery stores. Or knowledge to present something to the group,
word of mouth may be sufficient. you could start by bringing in software and giving
Try to have your first meeting at a public oral demonstrations and reviews. Or by having
place, rather than someone's home. You might be individuals study a tutorial in a book or magazine
surprised at the turnout. Many groups have and explain it to the group.
started in the back room of a computer store or a How you present information can be a prob
small school auditorium. lem as your group grows. A group of ten can
You will want to set some kind of agenda for gather around a couple of computers for demon
the first meeting, and select someone to serve as a strations. Seventy-five people may require some
temporary leader until officers are elected. Writing special equipment, like a large-screen video
bylaws may take up the whole first meeting. monitor.
There is no official set of Commodore user A word of encouragement: If you hesitate to
group bylaws. If the word bylaws is intimidating, join a small group because you just bought a VIC-
call them rules, or your charter, or group 20 and can't get through the first chapter in the
guidelines. All you're doing is defining the group manual, don't worry. Computer hobbyists love to
and how it will function. share what they've learned. So what if you can't
Your bylaws may contain a statement of pur explain string variables? Offer to bring oatmeal
pose, a mission, a reason for the group's existence. crunchies and a pound of coffee to the meeting.
Something like, "This group exists for Commo
dore owners to assemble and share information Growing Up
about their computers." If you live in a small town miles from a major
You can decide if you want to elect officers— metropolitan area, meeting once a month and
which you probably will—what their responsibili sharing new information may be sufficient to meet
ties will be, and how long they will stay in office. everyone's needs. But many groups that have
Dues is another issue. It may not seem neces grown to tens or hundreds of members find that
sary at first, but there are some things that might they want more than that. Here are some examples.
come up later that would cost money—-room A Newsletter. This can be a one-page mimeo
rental, postage fora newsletter, speakers, and graphed sheet with notes from the last meeting
refreshments, for example. Many user groups and announcements for the next. Some groups
just starting out set yearly dues at between ten have enough members and resources to put out a
and twenty dollars. monthly magazine with advertisements, pro
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publication that you have not purchased, just as history. Let yours evolve. Try to get as many
it is to get a copy of such a program on tape or people actively involved as you can. Everyone
disk. By buying a computer book or magazine, has something to bring to the group.
you are buying the right to copy the software con If you really run into trouble with the logistics
tained therein for your use only. of getting a group off the ground, it might be
Bulletin Board Systems. Most Commodore worth a long-distance phone call to a successful
BBS's were born out of user groups. They can be user group to find out how they solved similar
expensive to maintain and troublesome to keep problems.
running, but the shared information and new And try not to get too bogged down in or
knowledge they can provide Commodore users is ganization. Once your group reaches a certain
the reward. size, more of it will be necessary, but keep your
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Commodore User Groups
Part 2
Kathy Yakal, Editorial Assistant

Here is the second half of the list of Commo a user group, please enclose a self-addressed,
dore user groups that began in last month's stamped envelope.
gazette. If you are a new Commodore owner Additions, deletions, and corrections to this
looking for some support and assistance, you list should be addressed to:
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If you send a written request for information from attn: Commodore User Groups

NEBRASKA Commodore Friendly User Group NEW YORK


Rich Pinto
Greater Omaha Commodore 64 49HersheyRd. Adirondack Commodore 64 User
User Croup Wayne, NJ Group
Bob Quisenberry 201/696-8043 Paul Klompas, c/o Ray Supply
2932 Leawood Dr. Upper Glen St. I?O. Box 745
Omaha, NE 68123 Commodore-64 Users Group Glen Falls, NY 12801
402/292-2753 Thomas Martin
680 Leigh Terrace Brentwood-Bayshore VIC/64
Omaha VIC-20 User Group Westwood, NJ 07675 Users Club
BobRowe 201/664-3304 Serafin R. Vargas
1418 St. Raphael St. Brentwood Public Lib. Second
Bellevue, NE 68005 Computer Club of Ocean County
Ave. & Fourth St.
402/292-3961 Flavio L. Komuves
Brentwood, NY 11717
1170 Old Freehold Rd.
516/273-7883
The National VIC-20 User Group Toms River, NJ 08753
George F. Kaywood 201/341-3797
RQ Box 34575 BBS 201/244-2259 Broom e County C-64 Users Group
Omaha, NE 68134 Richard Sher
Northwest Bergen VIC Users 31-S Jane Lacy Dr.
Group Endicott, NY 10760
Arnold Wiesen/eld 607/754-7382
NEW HAMPSHIRE 221 Wayfield Cr.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481 Capitol District Commodore 64/
C-64 User Software Exchange 201/891-5196 VIC-20 User Group
Resources (US.E.R.S.) William Pizer
Paul E. Kyle South Jersey Commodore
363 Hamilton St.
RQ Box 4022 Computer User Group
Albany, NY 12210
Rochester, NH 03867 Mark Orthner
518/436-1190
46B Monroe Path
Southern New Hampshire VIC-20 Maple Shade, NJ 08052
User dub 609/667-9758 Commodore Computer Users
Don Osterman Group of Ithaca
RO Box 7067 VIC Software Development Club Max Paperno
Nashua, NH 03060 H. P Rosenberg 519 E. StateSt.
603/888-O959 77FqmalhautAve. Ithaca, NY 14850
Sewell, NJ 08080 607/277-3981
TBHVICNICS
J. Newman VIC Times
Thomas R. Molnar COMMODORE SIG Computer
RO. Box 981 Club ot Rockland
Salem.NH 03079 46 Wayne S.
Edison, NJ 08817 Peter Bcllin
PQ Box 233
Tallman, NY 10982
NEW MEXICO 914/357-8941
NEW JERSEY
New Mexico Commodore User
ACGNJ PET/VIOCBM User Group Commodore User Group of
Group Danny or Betsy Byrne Rochester
Joseph M. Pylka 6212 Karlson N.E. Thomas A. Werenski
30 Riverview Terrace Albuquerque, NM 87113 78 Hardison Rd.
Belle Mead, NJ 08502 505/821-5812 Rochester, NY 14617

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Commodore User Croup of VIC User Group NORWAY
Wes tchester Robert Wurtzel
Ben Weyer 7cStony BrookLeamine Center VIC Club of Norway
P.O. Box 1280 1424 Stony Brook Rd. Rolf Oberg
White Rains, NY 10602 Stony Brook, NY 11790' Liljegt. 4 1750 Halden
516/751-1719 Norway
Fblklife Ii'tiiiin.ii Club
John Kri'bs
PQBox2222-R NEW ZEALAND OHIO
ML Veoion, NY 10551
Nelson VIC User Group Akron Area Commodore User
Hudson Valley Commodore Club Peter Archer Group
John G. Rogers PQ Box 860 Patrick Papania
1 Convin Pi. Nelson, New Zealand Rm. B-201,80 W. Bowery
Lake Katrine, NY 12449 54/79362 Akron, OH 44308
91*246-8936
CLERCOM 64
HV Commodore Club NORTH CAROLINA Tim Sander
Rusty Staub 5771 Observation Ct.
Amateur Radio PET User Group Milford, OH 45150
35 Old Route 299
Hank Roth 513/831-5684
New Paltz, NY 12561
EO. Box 30694
914/255-6267
Raleigh, NC 27622 Commodore Computer Club of
Kingcomp (Commodore User Toledo
Commodore 64 Research Triangle Gerald W. Carter
Group)
User Group 734 Donna Dr.
Dr. Lewis Levitt
Doug Latta Temperance, MI 48182
1250 Ocean Ave,
670A Glendower Rd. 313/847-0426
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Raleigh, NC 27612
212/859-3030
919/787-5748 Commodore User Group
L.I.V.I.CS. Carl Skala
Commodore User Group, to 18813 Harlan Dr.
Eric Dusansky
Talton's Select Business Maple Heights, OH 44137
3 Blueberry Ridge Rd.
Equipment 2167581-3099
Setauket, NY 11733
Tom Stidham
National VIC Association PQ Box 749 CPU Connection (Commodore
Michael Kleiner I Durham, NC 27702 Preference Users)
9 Crabappie Ln. 919/4894155 Bill
Namaul, NY 10954 PO. Box 42032
Microcomputer User Group Cleveland, OH 44142
914/623-8929
Joel D. Brown 216/696-5093
BBS 623-4248
Rt. 1, Box 134A
New York 64 User Group Boonville, NC 27011 Dayton Area Commodore User
Bruce D. Cohen Group
Raleigh VIC-Z0 User Group
222 Thompson St. Bernie Worby
Larry Diener 4154 Tareyton Dr.
New York, NY 10012
410-D Delta Ct.
212/673-7241 Bellbrook,'OH 45305
Cary,NC 27511
513/848-2065
New York Commodore User 919/469-3862
Group (NYCUG) Licking County 64 User Group
Triad Amateur Computer Society/
Ben Tunkelang 323SchulerSt.
Commodore User Group Newark, OH 43055
380 Riverside Dr. 7Q
Dave Hill 614/345-1327
New York, NY 10025
PO. Box 7073
North Country Computer Club Greensboro, NC 27407 N.E. OHIO and N.W.PA.
Don Taber 919/275-8014 Commodore Users Group
RDI,Boxl53B Wes Boyd
Triad Cr64 User's Group P.Q Box 875
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Gregg Peele
313/393-467? Youngstown, OH 44501
PO Box 5406
Scheneclady Commodore User Greensboro, NC 27403 Northeast Ohio Commodore User
Group 919/275-9809 Group
Timothy). Davis Davn Henry
Triangle Amaleur Computer Club
The Video Connection, 8751 W. Ridge Rd.
Russ Lyday
Canal Square Elyria, OH 44035
PO. Box 17523 216/322-7184
Schenectady, NY 12305
Raleigh, NC 27619
Superstar's User Group 919/787-4137 Northeast Ohio Commodore User
Jean E Coppola Group (NEOCUG)
Tryon Commodore 64 Club
151-2H 22ml Ave. Dennis Suiter
Robin Michael c/o Computer Comer
VVhitestone, NY 11357
P.O. Box 1016 51O4MayfieldRd.
Utica Commodore User Group Tryon, NC 28782 Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Phil Roths le in 704/859-6340
1801 Storrs Ave. The Cincinnati Commodore
VJC-20 User Group Computer Connection
Utica, NY 13503
315/733-2244 David C. Fortenberry Ted Stalets
Rt. 3, Box 351 816BeecherSt.
V1C-20 Commodore 64 User Lincolnton.NC 28092 Cincinnati, OH 45206
Group 704/732-0932 513/961-6582
Pete Lobf
31 Maple Dr. VIC-20 & 64 Group
Lindenhurst, NY 11757 Tim Gromlovits OKLAHOMA
516/957-1512 Rt. 11 Box 686E
Hickory, NC 28601 Commodore Hobby User Group
7047495-7922 c/oTulsa Computer Society
P.O. Box 1333
Tulsa, OK 74101

48 COMPUTEI's Gaietle April 1961


Commodore Users N.E. Portland VIC User Group Tektronics Employees VIC Users
Monte Maker Jerry Adams Rick Simonsen
PO. Box 268 5014 N.Montana 503/639-5451
Oklahoma City, OK 73101 Portland, OR 97217
503287-1433 United States Commodore Users
Southwest Oklahoma Computer Group
Club (S.W.O.C.C.) N/NE Portland VIC Users P.O. Box 2310
c/o Commodore Chapter Mike Healy Roseburg, OR 97470
PQ Box 6646 PO. Box 17405
Lawton, OK 73505 Portland, OR 97217 Vancouver Commodore User
503'283-5996 Group
Chris Brown
OREGON North/Northeast Commodore 503/573-8489
User Group
Albany Corvallis G64 User
Mike I Uir.lr Yamhill County Commodore User
Group
PO, Box 17580 Group
AI Rasmus Dan Linscheid
Portland, OR 97217
2138 Chicago S.E. Rt. 2 Box 246
503'289-5179
Albany, OR 97321 Sheridan, OR 97378
503/967-8701 Oregon Commodore Computer 503/843-2625
User Group (OCCUG)
Amateur Radio Group
John E Jones
Jim Mevers
2134 N.E. 45th Ave. PENNSYLVANIA
PQ Box 626
Portland, OR 97213
Molalla, OR 97038
503'281-4908 Capitol Area Commodore Club
503/239-8888
George Crist
Pacific Northwesl Commodore 3410CloverfieldRd.
Astoria Commodore User Group
User Group Hamsburg, PA 17109
Kent Povilsen
Richard Tsukiji 717/652-8479
Rt. 3, Box 75
PO. Box 2310
Astoria, OR 97103
Roseburg, OR 97470 Commodore User Group
503/325-5685
503'672-7591 Donald Moyer
Beaverton 64 User Group 252 Makefield Rd.
PGE Commodore User Group Morrisville, PA 19067
Jack Simpson
Richard Tumixrk
11855 S.W. Ridgeview Terrace
121 S.W. Salmon St. COMI'STARS
Beaverton, OR 97005
Portland, OR 97204 Mike Norm
503/646-9596
503/220-3139 130 Blue Teel Circle
Central Oregon VIC/64 Users Audubon, PA 19403
Portland Airbase Officers Club
Marvin McCleary
(VIC and 64) Erie County Commodore Users'
499 N. Harwood Ave.
Frank Chase Group
Pineville, OR 97754
PQ Box 175H Robert T.Glenn
503/447-7062
Portland, OR 97217 142 Forest St.
East Portland VIC User Group S03,'2894331 Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Tern' Schultz {after 9:30 PM) 814/398-8146
503/665-6880
S.E. Metro Commodore User Main Line Commodore User
Fire 10 VIC User Group Group (SEMCUG) Group (MLCUG)
Harlev Cissna John Lamport Emi! Volcheck
1927 S.E. 174th PQ Box 42082 1046 General Allen Ln.
Portland, OR 97233 Portland, OR 97242 West Chester, PA 19380
503/668-6520 503.7754232 215/368-1581

Foresl Grove Commodore Users Salcm 64 User Group Naval Air Development Center
Don Singer Bud Rasmussen Commodore User Club
503/357-4140 3795 Saxon Dr. S. Alan HI urn en thai
Salem, OR 97302 912FraserRd.
Grcsham VIC/64 User Group 503/585-1515 Erdenkeir, PA 19118
Hob Drown 215/441-2580
625 N.W. Battaglia Saleni Pacific Northwestern Bell
Gresham, OR 97030 VIC User Group PACSCBM User Group
503/6664131 Bill Black Ron Kushnier
PO. Box 106 Room 452 20th & Olney Sts.
Lake Oswego PET/C64 User Salem, OR 97308 Philadelphia, PA 19141
Group 503/3994850 215/951-1267
John Jones
2134 N.E. 45th Salem VIC User Group Pittsburgh Commodore Group
Portland, OR 97213 John Ing ram Joel A. Casar
503/281-4908 503,'370-8775 2015 Garrick Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Lane County User Group Southern Oregon Commodore
Peter Rocksvold User Group VIC Software Development Club
584 Sierra Guy Slang! Tracy Lee Thomas
Eugene, OR 97402 230t> Dutcher Creek Rd. 440 W. Sedgwick Apt. A-l
5037688-1532 Grants Pass, OR 97527 Philadelphia, PA 19119
215/8444328
Southern Oregon VIC-20 C-«
Ml. Hood Community College
User Group Westmoreland Commodore User
PET/64 Users
James Powell Club
Ted Scheinman
3600 Madrona Ln. Jim M.i I hers
4044 N.E. Couch
Medford, OR 97501 3021 Ben Venue Dr.
Portland, OR 97232
503(779-7631 Groensburg, PA 15601
503/667-71%
412/836-2224
Tillamook VIC/C64 User Group
George Shiveley
10O9 5lhSt.
Tillamook, OR 97141
503/8424515

COMPUWs Catena April 1984 A9


Roanoke Area Computer
PUERTO RICO TEXAS
Enthusiasts
Commodore User Group of Commodore (Houston) User Larry Rackow
Puerto liii ii Group (CHUG) 4726 Horseman Dr.
Ken Burch Mary and John Howe Roanoke, VA 24019
RFD#IBoxl3 23502 Creekview Dr. 703/362-8960
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00914 Spring, TX 77379
7L3/376-7000 Southwestern Virginia
809/791-5840 (no calls before noon)
Commodore Users
BBS 781-0350 (8 p.m.-8a.m.)
64 User's Group Jimmy Richardson
Stan Grodin Rt. 1, Box 12A
RHODE ISLAND 2421 Midnight Circle Elk Creek, VA 24326
Piano, TX 75075 703/655-4144
Narragansett Commodore Users
Group, c/o EPA Mid-City Commodore User Tidewater Commodore User
Environmental Research Lab Group Group
Robert R. Pay no 413 Chisfiolm Tr. Fred Monson
South Forty Road Hurst, TX 76053 4917 West Grove Rd.
Narrngnnsiitl, Rl 02882 Virginia Beach, VA 23455
PET User Group
Newport Computer Club Jim Dallas VIC-20 & CBM 64 User Club
Dr. Matt McConeghy 14311 River Glen Dr. Donnie L. Thompson
lOMaitlandCt. Sugarland, TX 77478 1502 Harvard Rd.
Newport, R! 02840 Richmond, VA 23226
401/849-2684 Southeast Houston VIC User 804/288-4962
Group
11423 Kirk Valley Dr. Washington Area Commodore
SOUTH CAROLINA Houston, TX 77089 User Group
713/481-6653 Richard Jackson
Beaufort Technical College User P.O. Box 93
Group VIC User Group Mount Vemon, VA 22121
Dean of Instruction Robert Massengale 703/360-7677
PO Box 1288 3817 64th Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29902 Lubbock, TX 79413
803/524-3380 WASHINGTON
Commodore Computer Club of UTAH CBM 64 Business & Utility User
Columbia Group
Duster White Central Utah Commodore Users Khamsing S., c/o Softechnics
318QuincannonDr. 1CUCU) 3212 Beacon Ave.
Columbia, SC 29210 Steve Graham Seattle, WA 98144
803/772-0305 1339 W. 1100 N. 20677234980
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
801/785-7118 CBM Users Group
SOUTH DAKOTA Rick Beaber
The Utah Commodore 64 and 803 Euclid Way
Sioux Falls User Group VIC-20 User Group Centralia, WA 98531
l>:.iii Inn Ulrich Rodney Keller
4200 S.Louise Suite 304 652 W. 700 N. Club 64
Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Clearfiold, UT 84015 Hal Scheidt
605/334-1059 801/776-3950 6735 Tracy ton Blvd. NW
Doug Jones Bremerton, WA 98310
VIC LICK 602/692-8295
VIG64 User Club David Pignar
Larry JL Lundeen % Mountain Computer Society Commodore Computer Club
608 W. 5th P.O. Box 1154 Donald H. Sims
Pierre, SD 57501 Sandy, UT 84091 P.O. Box 1471
605/224-4863 801/261-0119 Oak Harbor, WA 98277
206/675-0301
TENNESSEE VIRGINIA Commodore Users of Tacoma
Chaltanooga Commodore User Marwan Samman
Capitol Area PET Enthusiasts
Group 1734FemsideDr.S.
(C-6M
Carolyn Bellah Tacoma, WA 98465
William Tyler
PO. Box 1406 206565-5023
607 Abbotts Ln.
Chattanooga, TN 37401 Falls Church, VA 22046 COMPUTER Club, c/o
615/875-6676
Honeywell Inc.
Metro Computer Center Central Virginia User Group
John Goddard
Dale Moore
Memphis Commodore User Club 5303 Shilshole Ave. NW
Rt. 3 Box 451
Harry Ewart Seattle, WA 98107
Hurt, VA 24563
2476 Rod vorsAve. 206-789-2000
Memphis, TN 38127 Fredericksburg Area Computer
Edmonds Commodore User
901/358-5823 Enthusiasts
Group
Michael Parker
Metro Knoxvitle 64 User Group Rick Ellis
PO. Box 324
Ed Pritchard 23404 74th W.
Locust Crow, VA 22508
7405OxmoorRd. Rl. #20 Edmonds, WA 98020
Knoxville, TN 37921 Lynchburg User Group 206/776-3539
615/938-3773 Dick Rossienol
Longview Commodore User
Rt. 2, Box 180
Nashville Commodore User Group
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Group Stephen Jones
Dave Rushing 626 26th Ave.
PO. Box 121282 Lorigview, WA 98632
Nashville, TN 37212 206/577-8317
615/331-5408

50 COMPUTEI's Gazette AprillvB4


NW Commodore User Group WEST GERMANY Commodore Users of Systems,
Richard Ball Software and Hardware
2565 Dexter N. #203 VIC-20/64 Games Exchange (C.U.S.S.H.)
Seattle, WA 98109 Michael Block Tim Tremmel
206/284-941; Breukerskamp 35 3614 Sovereign Dr.
BBS 743-6021 D-5750, Menden 2 Racine, WI 53406
West Germany 414/554-0156
PSACE BBS 554-9520
Ken Tone
1800 Taylor Ave. N. WEST VIRGINIA Eau Claire Area CBM 64 User
Seattle, WA 98109 Group
Tri-State Commodore Users
Marc Hutton |ohn F Slavsky
Seattle Commodore i.-l User
Rt. 5Boxl79A
Group 73 Pine Hill Estates
Eau Claire, Wi 54701
Dr. Allen M. Gown Kenova,WV 25530
715/874-5972
Dept of Pathology SM-30, 304/453-2124
Univ. of Wash. Madison Area Commodore User
Seattle, WA 98195 WISCONSIN Group
John Cnrvin
Spokane Commodore User Group Commodore and VIC Enthusiasts 1552 Park St.
Terry and Sara Voss (C.A.VE.) Middleton, WI 53562
W. 1918 Boono Ave. Mike Shaffer 608/831-4852
Spokane, WA 99201 PO. Box 33
509/327-7202 Crivitz, WI54114 Milwaukee Area Commodore 64
715/854-2269 Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.)
World Wide User Group (Military Kevin D. Wilde
Personnel Only) Commodore 64 and VIC-20 PO Box 340
R. Smith Software Exchange Group Elm Grove, WI 53122
P.O. Box98682 E.J. Rosenberg 414/259-5991
Tacoma,WA 98498 EO. Box 224
206/535-0336 Oregon, WI 53575 S.W.I.TC.H.
608/835-5538 LenLutz
WASHINGTON P.C. W156 N8834 Pilgrim Rd.
Commodore Lovers Users Bunch Menomonee Fails, WI 53051
USO Computer Club VIC-20 and C-64 (C.L.U.B. 84) 41*255-7044
USO Outreach Center Roger Christensen
HO Box 72 Waukesha Area VIC Enthusiasts
Steven J. Guenther
Caledonia, WI (WAVEt
207 Beyer Rd. SW
414/632-6922 PO. Box 0641
Washington, DC 20332
Waukesha, WI 53187-0641 W

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COMPUTE!'* Gazette April 1984 51


Nevets Steven R. McCloskey

A clever action game, "Nevets" requires both the time remaining times ten.
strategy and a lot of dexterity with your joy The game ends when time runs out or all
stick. Using character graphics, it is written four power capsules have been stolen. You then
for the unexpanded VIC. We've added a ver have the option of playing again. The game also
sion for the 64. keeps track of high score.

VIC Program Structure


In "Nevets," you are transported to the Land of Here's the VIC version program structure for those
Adnerb, where your mission is to protect four interested in how the program was written:
power capsules against the ever encroaching
Nevets. Your only defense against the thieving
Nevets is a turret gun, which you control with Lines
your joystick. 5-70 Title and graphics
The screen displays a lower and an upper 75-90 Screen setup
level, with two power capsules at the center of 110-160 Joystick reading routine
165-190 Variable seI up
each level. The Nevets may approach from right
200-330 Main program loop
or left on either level. The turret, at the bottom 400-410 Fire subroutine
center of the screen, can be moved up and down 500-510 Game over subroutine
with the joystick, and the gun can be aimed by 600-610 Nevet #2 subroutine
700-710 Nevet #1 subroutine
moving the joystick left and right. Pressing the
800-840 Nevet #2 variable subroutine
fire button fires the gun.
900-940 Nevet#l variable subroutine
There are 40 levels of play. You must destroy 950-960 Power capsule subroutine
your quota of Nevets (displayed on the screen)
within 60 seconds to get to the next higher level.
When you meet the quota, you receive a bonus— See program listings on page 143.

11 in -i:i
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One power pod has already been stolen. The player is about If may be too late to defend both power pods; the Nevets are
to eliminate one of the thieving Nevets in the VIC version. getting too close (64 version). Qj

52 COMPUTE!'* Gazette Aprill984


What do voice hardware speech characters that converse or
synthesizers have devices. Without opponents that crack jokes.
in common with the hardware. And you can do it all with
movies? And without the ease. With phonetic or plain
They don't make high price. English input.
them like they S.A.M. is the S.A.M. can say anything you
used to. program that like, any way you like-you
Because now makes other pro choose the pitch, tone, speed
there is SAM. The grams talk. Busi and inflection.
Software Automatic Mouth'.' ness programs. Educational If you want, you can even
The first software-only speech programs. Recreational pro choose the voice.
synthesizer for Commodore 64. grams, too. Here's talking to you, kid.
Atari and Apple computers. You can use it in any num (The Apple version includes an
Developed by Mark Barton ber of useful ways. 8-bit digital-to-analog converter
of Don't Ask Software, S.A.M. To write instructions that talk. and audio amplifier on a card,
is designed to give you all Stories that tell themselves. It requires 48K and a speaker.
the power of conventional And creative new games with The Atari version requires 32K.)

Say it again, S.A.

Sduth'LaCipnega
" (213V 215
Bingo 64

Richard L. Wiikover

"Bingo 64" is a cleverly written computer ver C%. A cover token is then placed over the free
sion of the classic game. It makes good use of box in the center, giving it the status of a called
the 64's graphics and sound capabilities to pro number.
vide you and three friends with many exciting
games of bingo. A joystick is required. Ready To Play
The cards are on the screen, and you are ready to
begin playing. At the bottom of the screen are
Few people have not known the anticipation, five balls (sprites), each labeled with a letter in the
heard the click of the balls, the call of the number, word BINGO.
and finally, the excited shout of "Bingo!" Here's a Numbers are selected through a random
four-player version of this world-famous game graphics routine. The lettered balls jump up and
written for the Commodore 64. down like kernels of popcorn. The height a ball
reaches is random. If it jumps above a line on the
Setting Up The Game screen, it is selected. If not, it falls back with a
Before you begin playing, you have to choose plop, and another ball is given a chance.
your mode of piay from a menu. Manual ball feed After the column letter has been selected, a
allows you to control the pace of the game. If you random number is chosen. To prevent duplica
opt for auto ball feed, the computer automatically tion, all called numbers are entered in the two-
picks the next number. Choose manual cover if dimensional array N%. The newly selected
you want to cover the spots on your card yourself number is compared to the numbers in the array.
(using the joystick). If you want your 64 to cover If a match occurs, the number is discarded and
the spots, pick auto cover. another one generated. When a unique number is
After you make your choices, four blank cards found, it is printed on the enlarged sprite in the
are displayed on the screen. Each column on a middle of the screen, along with its letter.
card corresponds to one letter of the word BINGO.
The five numbers in each column are selected Checking For A Match
from 15 possible values and are checked to prevent Next, each number in the appropriate column on
duplication. This process is repeated for all four each card is checked for a match. A chime sound
cards. The selected numbers are displayed on the signifies a match. If the number doesn't appear
cards and stored in the three-dimensional array on any of the four cards, a sour bong sounds.
5A COMPUTED Gazette April 1984
The world may be short of oil. And short of jobs. But there's no shortage of entertainment.
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VIC ZO and Commodore 64 are trademarks ol Commodore Electronics Ltd Atarns a registered ttademarkol Atari, Ire.
IBM PC is a registered trademark of InleraalBial Husiness Machines. Phataoti's Curse is a trademark ol Synapse Software,
e is a trademark ol ISA Software

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you make a mistake, you lose the number.
When a number is covered, the program
14 23 33 lift 70
I 19 46 46 C? checks the row, column, and diagonal for a bingo.
1-1 a ■12 53 GJ. 7 13 55 lM Since the covered numbers have been printed in
il w r:i 5(1 r& [<ttl 9 H'i ■ 53 G3 reversed character mode, this is easily done from
i;> 39 CM 75 B 2-1 31 Iti 7-1
screen memory. The program needs to check the
five boxes to see if they all contain reversed char
3 22 3t 57 78 5 il! ■12 -1G 75
acters (screen codes greater than 127). If a winner
is found, the covers change color and music plays.
Each card is checked for the possibility of multiple
■1 Hi 33 9 2-1 39 53 71
winners.
:t ;>7 ■15 511 V5 1-1 2? ■13 ■IE 74

IB : ■17 Jtl 7 27 ■ . 5tt G6 One Machine Language


?li 4tl IK' 78
SI 51 tfri It
Routine
T> :m SG 1! ;-3 3b •17 B1
O ' <•» The first DATA line contains a short machine
language routine which initializes screen color
The computer calls the shots in "Bingo 64." and sprite memory locations. The remaining
DATA statements set up sprite data and music.
Variable Function The program contains extensive REMarks to make
AH Parameters of pattern for winner scan the logic flow easier to follow, and the variable
AU Mode flag for ball feed and cover names are listed below, with their functions. If
BO Bingo flag you would like a copy of this program, send $3, a
B0,l Digits under joystick cursor
self-addressed, stamped envelope, and a blank
C% Card numbers array
CC,CM
cassette or 1541 diskette to:
Joystick cursor position
CD Card number Richard L. Witkover
CL Column number P.O. Box 560
co% Bat] color array Upton, NY U973
DU% Duration of notes array
FB Fire butt on switch See program listing on page 157. Q
FH%,FL% Music frequency high and low bytes
FR Joystick row number
HB High byte of screen color memory
J0-3 Joystick direction switches
L Ballleflerarray
LN
Modem with Printer Interface for
Length of ball numberstring
N% Called number array Atari,* Commodore, and Vic
NC Ball color index
NM Called number
NN No-number match flag
NU Value of called number within column (1-15)
Nl,2 Digits of called number
OB Reversed number flag (logical variable)
PD Joystick memory register conlents
PI Screen memory location of Nl
RN Row number on card
S Start of screen memory for cards
SD% Sprite data array
SN Screen memory location of box digit
ss Sound chip memory location; also, screen-to- Direct connect, autodial, autoanswer modem,
color memory offset also runs a parallel printer. 300 baud modern has
V Video chip memory location built in Centronics printer port. Simultaneously
WI.VVJ Indices of box to be checked for winner prints whatever appears on your screen as it
WM Memory location of box lo be checked for winner comes over the telephone.
WP Contents of WM
X
One box does it all so you can receive the most
Ball X-position array
from your computer. Terminal program supplied,
Y Ball Y-position array
YM Maximum ball height complete and ready to run. ■
z Present box number value Auto-Print Microconnection retails for S149.95.
*ls not a replacement for Atan 850 Interface.
If you selected auto cover, the computer
covers a matched number by printing it as a red the micropenpheraf corporation
reversed character. If you chose manual cover, 152nd Avenue NE. Redmond" WA 98052
you must use the joystick to position the marker 1206) 881-7544

and press the fire button to cover your number. If


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Some Answers From Commodore:

A Conversation
With Myrddin Jones
Selby Bateman, Assistant Editor, Features
Tom Halfhill, Editor, COMPUTED PC & PCjr Magazine

Myrddin L. Jones is vice president of marketing for the word processor and, say, a Simon's BASIC? It
Computer Systems Division of Commodore Business would be the equivalent of the 264 for less money.
Machines, Inc. At the winter CES he spoke to COM- Jones: The difference is that the market is changing
PUTEI's GAZETTE about the new 264 line of computers, because the consumer is far more knowledgeable.
Commodore's continued support for the VIC-20 and So from a practical viewpoint, they look for
64, and his perception of the changing needs of computer more and more built-in support and material.
buyers.
That's what we're aiming to do with the 264
series—give them some choices of basic machines.
If they want a word processing-based machine
GAZETTE: Now that the Commodore 264 line of without compromising, we have a machine to
computers has been introduced, how do you re suit them. If they're interested in financial analysis
spond to 64 and VIC-20 users who may fear their applications or want a basic machine with that
computers will be given less attention? built in to suit them, I'm sure as we move along
Jones: First of all, the 64 is one of the largest bases you'll see more and more complexity in what we're
for third-party and Commodore software which able to integrate into the equipment.
has only just started. Most of our resources are GAZETTE: Will the built-in software on ROM chips
currently dedicated to 64 software. And the trans be installed at the factory or done by the dealer?
ition, as I understand it, from 64 to 264 software
isn't that great. So I don't really see it being any Jones: It will be done at the factory.
threat to the availability for the 64. GAZETTE: You have changed the keyboard on the
I think the Commodore 64 is such a well- 264 from the keyboard used on the 64. Why?
used machine in education today—and our thrust
Jones: The whole design concept for the machine
is more and more toward productivity and was different. I think we started out working with
educational-type software—that 1 don't think the SX64 (Commodore's portable 64) and found
there will be any diminution of support for the
out that the keyboard has a slightly different
64. We've already sold over a million of them in
characteristic than the 64. And we learned from
the U.S. We're way ahead of our schedule, so I
some of the things that we found with the 64,
don't think you'll see it being abandoned at all. which is a good bread-and-butter machine. I think
Frankly, the 264 is really not aimed at quite
we have a little more class with the keyboard on
the same target market as the Commodore 64,
the 264. It's styled better.
because the 64 is oriented toward music and I think the cursor controls are easier to use
sprites and gaming, and it's very good for that.
for the average person. And we shifted around
The 264 has strength in built-in programming the function buttons for the long haul to make
capability, and as we move forward, in built-in
sure we had a product that was compatible with
software to suit a specific need. It has more word
the 19-button numeric keyboard, so that there is a
processing, small business package applications continuity of style in the family like we had on
rather than gaming.
the Commodore 64 with the VIC-20.
I think they'll complement each other rather The other thing we've done is that we don't
than substitute for each other. And of course the have that bulky control console with a lot of stuff
264 is going to be higher-priced.
on it. We have more of our works inside the
GAZETTE: Why buy a 264 instead of a 64 that has a keyboard itself than most other people do.
58 COMPUTEIS Gaiettg April 1964
GAZETTE: Will the new family of computers—the Jones: It's been kicked around, but I don't think
264, 364, and SX64—be sold through all of the any decision's been made. It's a good seller.
same outlets as the VIC-20 and the Commodore 64?
GAZETTE: When do you think we'll see the 364
Jones: Absolutely. I really don't think there's any available?
difference anymore. The old difference between a Jones: After the 264. [Laughs.] It depends on their
personal computer and a home computer and a priorities. We'll have to go back and gauge the
high-end videogame has vanished. There's a desk reactions. But I think you'll see the 364 getting the
top computer now with varying degrees of capa voice built in and getting the numeric system or
bility and varying orientations. That's because ganized, but it will take a little longer than the 264.
everybody's going after the same space. I would perceive it to be before the fall. I think
I think what happened with Coleco and the you'll see the whole series out before the end of
Adam is that they built in something that they the summer.
compromised. As a result, they have the worst of
GAZETTE: Are there any other members of the 264
two worlds instead of the best of two worlds.
family planned?
What we try to do with our planning is to put
something in that's fully featured and that is Jones; I'm not aware of any. Essentially it's a
exactly the same thing that you could buy off the productivity-oriented machine and I'm sure there
shelf. So that, in effect, when you get it, you're are a lot of other things we're going to end up
getting something that's easy to use. You set it up doing. It has unlimited flexibility, since you can
and you roll. That's a smart philosophy and I build in a variety of software. We'll have to see
applaud that. what happens in the market.
Our designers did that, and it was in process Our perception of computers may be a little
long before I joined the organization. You've seen different than others. The easiest analogy is that
our 3-Pius-l [integrated personal productivity the keyboard is the library card, and to survive
package]. It brings the technology down to the long-term, you have to offer the people who use
it a variety of books that suit almost everybody's
right level. It's got enough variety for the average
individual taste. And that's a difficult thing to do
small business. We've converted it, with the
when you have to reinvent the wheel.
graphics, into something they can visualize very
Look at education [software]. You could have
easily with very little instruction. It's nowhere
six hundred or seven hundred titles in education
near a Lotus 1-2-3, but it gives you enough of the
alone. Our aim is to have a matrix of opportunities
kind of capability that the average user can get
in a library. You could almost take the library card
mileage out of.
system and categorize it and say, well, we must
That's what we're trying to achieve in almost
every category of software we've got. Except have representative samples here because the
gaming, where we're going after quality at a good average home requires this and this and this and
price. That soccer game [International Soccer] is an this.
example of the things you're going to see from us. That's the way we're approaching our whole
Some of the payabilities we've got are outstanding. software strategy now, which says that we have
to provide a library that's equivalent to the public
GAZETTE: You've said that the 264 will be available
library and a pricing that makes it comfortable for
in the spring, essentially in the second quarter of
the average person at home to buy. It's a new
1984. How realistic is that date?
concept we developed, and we're just beginning
Jones: I think we're pretty far along. We have the to implement it now. d
operations manual already available. We also
have 40 pieces of software for it that are ready to
produce. They're the best of the Commodore 64
series. So, we're trying to have some continuity.
GAZETTE: Have VIC-20 sales begun to taper off? MimXm
Jones: Well, naturally they would. We started An income tax program for everyone to use.
emphasizing the 64 last April because we felt there TAX COMPUTATION has been approved (or
was need for a 64K machine. However, the VIC-20 COMMODORE'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF
has been very steady, and we're still getting good SOFTWARE as well as many other directories.
orders from everybody. We'll continue to sell it as Your taxes will be completed quickly, easily, and
long as the customer buys it. We think there's a to your benefit.

place for a starter computer at under a hundred TAX COMPUTATION Commodore 64 $39.95
dollars. t£ D D..llm.n VIC 20, TI99/4A $19.90
GAZETTE: We've heard rumors that Commodore ^*Co \P » oY Th» c«t or tM p.ogf.m ll l»
45t)U Murray 8 HI d«ductit>» tlong wiin p«rt of th«
itself might upgrade the hardware on the VIC-20— Beaverton, OR 97005 cent of your computer.
give it 16K. Is anything like that planned?
COMPUTEVs Goiclle April 1984 59
COMPUTING

Albert Zap,
Won't You
Please Come
Home?
Fred D'lgnazio, Associate Editor

Albert Zap woke up from a long nap and looked


out the window of his house. It was a sunny day.
The sky was blue. The grass was so green it
glowed. Albert Zap decided it was a perfect day
for a walk.
Albert walked out the front door of his house.
"Tra-la-la!" he sang. He skipped through the gate
of the white picket fence. "Such a perfect day for
a walk," he said to himself.
Then something terrible happened. Albert
had wandered only twenty yards from the front
door of his house when the sky grew dark. A
shadow fell on him and on the grass at his feet.
Albert looked up, expecting to see a gloomy
storm cloud passing overhead. He gasped. Some
thing was falling out of the sky. It was a giant
purple letter, and it was falling right toward him.
If he didn't move quickly, he, Albert Zap, was
sure to get zapped!
Albert tried to run, but he couldn't lift his feet.
He was frozen in one spot. He looked up again.
The elephant-sized letter was coming closer and
closer, but he couldn't move. What was he to do?

Coming To Albert's Rescue


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And one more thing: Albert's hero or heroine Safe At Last!
must be able to hunt across the computer keyboard Don't give up hope. Albert isn't lost yet. A true
and peck the letter that is about to zap him. champion will keep typing. She may hit some
Do you qualify? Does your mom or dad? Or wrong letters, but most of the letters will be right.
your kid sister? Then pitch in, find the letter on Each time she types the wrong letter, Albert scur
the keyboard that is threatening Albert Zap, and ries away from his home. But each time she taps
give it a quick tap. the right letter, Albert turns around and runs in
If you find the letter before it finds Albert, the right direction.
the letter will crumble like a peanut butter cookie And eventually Albert makes it home.
you've just sat on.

You're Not Home Yet,


Albert Zap
When the letter vanishes, Albert breathes a sigh
of relief. He has decided that he has had enough
walking for today. All he wants to do is go home.
He takes a giant step in the direction of his house.
But what is this? Another letter, this time a
giant green P, is heading right for him. And, as
Albert stares at the sky, other letters follow the P:
a plump yellow W, a pair of brown Q's, and a
hefty green Z.
Albert feels like Chicken Little. The sky is
falling. All he wants is to go home. But he can't
move on his own.
Albert looks your way. You are his only hope.
Can you find the letters on the keyboard and tap Albert Zap won't make it back this time in AtphaZap.
them, one at a time, before they reach Albert?
But if he doesn't, that's all right, too. Albert
Finding A Champion isn't hurt—except for a mild headache from being
Albert is not picky about his hero or heroine. He beaned with a blimp-sized letter. And, with just
might be a four-year-old with a quick little finger. the touch of a button, you can start the game over
Or a 68-year-old who won't desert Albert in his again and give him another chance. Once again,
hour of need. He'll stay by the keyboard hunting Albert is back outside his house going for a walk,
and pecking until he gets Albert home. and a new group of overweight letters is falling
But one thing is certain: Albert needs a true out of the sky. You can keep coming to Albert's
champion, someone who will stick with him even rescue until you finally bring him home.
when the going gets tough. Unfortunately, Albert Zap does not have a
And it does get tough. lot of sense. As soon as you bring him home, in
Getting Albert home looks deceptively easy. stead of thanking you he heads back out his front
After all, the letters are floating down so slowly, door for another walk. Seconds later, more letters
lazily dropping from the sky. This game is a snap. are raining down out of the sky.
You merrily tap the keys, and Albert jogs along It seems Albert Zap likes to live dangerously.
toward the safety of his house.
Then disaster strikes. A giant Y falls toward CiuickFinger
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miss and strike a T instead, AlphaZap, put out by Quick Brown Fox, Inc.—the
Albert notices your keyboarding blooper and people who make the Quick Brown Fox word
despairs. He loses all hope. And he loses his mind. processor for the VIC-20 and the Commodore 64.
He does the opposite of what he is supposed to AlphaZap runs on the Commodore 64. It is
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Level keyboard will. How might a fearful adult feel about
One
the keys with names like BREAK, STOP, CON
TiMt? TROL, END, RETURN, and ESCAPE? For an
e:se
anxious adult, even a "friendly" computer key like
Score
803 HELP can take on an ominous, sinister meaning.
3-ltr
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• orth
i ea. Yet what would computers be without their
keyboards? There are more and more alternatives
to the keyboard. New devices for interacting with
the computer are now appearing on the market,
including mice, touch pads, and light pens. But
the computer keyboard is still the primary way
most people tell the computer what they want it
to do.
We have to find ways to help people cope
Link the Letters with the computer keyboard. One way is the
typing program.
Typing programs, like Typing Tutor by IBM,
Type Attack by Sirius, and MastcrTypc by Scar
borough, are a godsend to the average family
member who is interested in learning how to use
a computer but who is put off by the computer
keyboard.
QuickFinger, from Quick Brown Fox, is, in my
opinion, one of the best of these typing programs.
It is for a very popular machine {the Commodore
64). It makes learning the computer keys easy
and fun rather than boring and tedious. It has a
trio of games, so you can switch back and forth.
When you get tired of playing one game, you can
switch to another game and still be practicing and
improving your keyboarding skills. And the
games are deep.
Keyboard Pacer
Deep Typing
Tackling The Terrible Keyboard Tripp Hawkins of Electronic Arts has called for a
Which part of a computer terrifies people the new generation of microcomputer programs for
most? Is it the alien-looking floppy disk drive? the average person. To be for everyone, a program
The blank, empty-looking display screen? The must be hot {appeal to the senses), simple, and
snakelike cables? deep.
Nope, it's the keyboard. The keyboard is like What Hawkins means by deep is that a pro
a wall that most adults and kids have to climb gram must be suitable for users at a variety of
over. And most of them don't. skill levels or for a single user who is acquiring
For little kids the keyboard is a jungle, stuffed new skills and becoming more sophisticated. The
with too many keys in too small a space. Kids' program must be able to teach a person at one
eye-scanning and finger-tapping motor skills often level, then it must be prepared to continue teach
aren't up to tracking down and pressing that ing the same person at ever higher levels.
unique key that will make a program run or a The QuickFinger programs are deep. They are
game reward them. Computer keys often leave suitable for little children with tiny fingers or high-
small children with tears, anger, and frustration. level executives with meaty paws or long painted
The situation isn't much better for adults. fingernails. They are for hunt-and-peck or swift
Most adults don't know how to touch-type. Most touch typists. They can be your first introduction
adults have never heard of QWERTY. They have to the computer keyboard or your refresher
learned their alphabet from A through Z, then course, even if you already type 50 words a minute
they look at a computer keyboard and find the or more.

letters all mixed up. All the QuickFinger programs operate at mul
And if the jumbled letters weren't enough to tiple skill levels, You can enter a program at level
stop them, all those extra keys on a computer one or level sixteen. Or you can let the program
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Paul C. Liu

Put your printer to good use by making a full twenty-first centuries, up to the year 2100. If you
set of calendars. These four programs will give really want to be meticulous beyond that, you can
you a screen calendar, a wall calendar, an ap- make further modifications by reducing Dl by 1
pointment calendar, and one for the year at a after March 2100, and repeating that every 100
glance. For the VIC-20 and Commodore 64. years. You must do this because the century years
like 2100 and 2200 which are not divisible by 400
are not leap years, but the algorithm treats them
A practical use for a computer with a printer is as if they were.
making your own calendars. Here are four The programs contain modifications like the
calendar-making programs written for the VIC-20, above to make them accurate for the next five
three of which require the use of a printer. Since centuries, provided, of course, that the current
the programs are written entirely in BASIC with calendar system is not reformed. (The last calendar
out PEEKs or POKEs, they will also run on the 64 reform was in 1752.)
and can be easily adapted for Once we know the day of the week for the
other computers or non-
Commodore printers. The Wall Calendar (Program 2).
In calendar making, it is I ■ ■
■ ■

essential to know the correct day


of the week for any given date. If
we let Dl be the day of the week
(for Sunday Dl = 1, for Monday ■ ■
Dl = 2, and so on), and let M,
D, and Y be the month, day, and SUM MQN TUE UEL THU FRI SRT
year respectively, Dl can be
calculated by:
■ ■
Dl = INT{2.6-(M-2)-0.2) + D + i
a ■
Y -1900 + INTHY -1900)/4)

Dl = Dl + INT(19/4)- 2*19
Dl = Dl - INT(Dl/7)*7 +1

■ ■ ■ I ■
Two modifications have to ■
■ ■ ■
be used with the above formula ■
tion. For M equal to 1 or 2 we
have to add 12 and subtract Y
by 1. In other words, we consid x ■ ■ ■ R
er the months January and Feb ■ ■ I
B I
ruary as the thirteenth and four
teenth month of the previous mi m
■ ■ m m
year. In addition, for M equal to ■ mi ■ * ■ 1 MM
4 or 9 the calculated Dl has to be
increased by 1.

It's Good For Over


■ ■ ■
100 Years ■ ■ •

This algorithm performs flaw


lessly for the twentieth and
COMPUTEI's Gazette April 1984 67
The Appointment Calendar (Program 3). serve as an appointment calendar for your desk,
rrril i9S4 with room for short notes each day. Along with
hw m j ' ' the regular date, you are told what day of the
a '( h i year it is. This program RUNs on the VIC without
3 't M j ' memory expansion.
WEDNESDAY *» ' < 93 j ' _ __ -_ _. __ -
B-t«i A Year On One Sheet
e ' ( 37 i ' Program 4 will give you all 12 months of the year
v ! w i ' printed on one sheet. The message "Happy New
( 99 j ' Year" is at the top of the calendar, but you can
e iea > put a different short message there by modifying
tuebmv is ! in*) the text in line 7. This program also needs no ad-
11 "< i«'j - ditional memory for the VIC.
iajt!»>] ; InPrograms2, 3, and 4, after you input the
ia i 104 ) ... month and year as requested, the computer
i« .85) prompts you to turn on the printer. Before you do
1—1 J86.' this, you should set the perforation of the printing
.... paper over the starting position of the print head
so that the calendar will appear entirely on one
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Commodore 1515 and 1525 pnnters. Other pnnters
FS1DHV ZB t 111 ) . ,.-, f , r
• may require modifications to the proeram.

, I, I, n T See program listings on page 150. <&


HONDHV Z3 '( II*') HflPPV 1 4E 4 VERR 1984
TUESDAY Z-* '< hs'j
JRNUfWf PEBRURRS
UEDNE9DHY SJ3 '( iis") 8 K T H T F S 8 n T N T f s
1 3 ,
3 s 7 1 2 3 *
B 9 IB 11 12 13 14 9 £ 7 8 9 18 11
'( ha'> 13 16 17 IS 19 a 13
21 12 14 13 IE 17 IB
SflTURDf)v 2S '< 113') 22 23 24 25 25 27 20 19 at 21 22 23 24 23
29 X 31 26 27 28 29

MONDfl* 3a 'f ISl")


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S K 1 u T F S E n 1 H r F S

given date, especially the fiTSt day of the month, 4 3 i 7


1
8
2
9
3
10
1
8
2
9
3
18
4
11
3
12
G
13 14
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the rest of the calendar-making task is just a matter 11 it 13 14 19 16 17 13 IE 17 IB 19 28 21


IS 19 21 21 22 23 2* 22 23 24 23 26 27 29
of setting up and getting the proper format and 29 26 2? 28 29 38 31 29 39

display.
MRV .JUNE
S PI H T F S S fi T w T F
A Monthly Calendar
1 2 3 1 s 1 2
Program 1 will display a monthly calendar on the G 7 t 5 IB 11 12 3 4 5 t 7 S 9
13 14 15 IS 17 ie 19 IB 11 12 13 14 IS IE
screen. In this and the other programs, after you 28 21 22 23 24 23 26 17 18 19 29 21 22 23
27 29 2S SB 31 24 23 26 27 28 29 38
load the program, type RUN and press RETURN,
the computer will briefly explain what the program JUL.V RUOUST
1 T F S S PI T H T F
is for and ask you to input the month and year of S PI u
5
the calendar you wish to see. The numbers should 1
8
2
9
3
18
4
11
3
12
£
13
7
14 3 i 7
1
8
2
9
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IB 11
4

be separated by a comma, and the year should be 19 16 17 IS 19 28 21 12 13 14 13 1G 17 IB


22 23 W 26 27 28 19 2B 2! 22 23 24 23
the full four digits (1984, not 84). Then the monthly 29 30 31 a 27 28 29 38 31

calendar of your choice will be displayed on the


SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
screen. S PI T H T F S s PI T M r F S

Program 2 will give you a copy of what you 1 1 2 3 4 3 6

see on the screen in the first program by printing 2 3 4 3 6 7 e 7 8 9 18


17
11 12
19
13
M
9 IB 11 12 13 14 i) 14 13 IE IB
it on your printer in enlarged form. This is a long IE 17 ie 19 28 21 22 21 22 23 24 23 K 27
23 24 23 27 28 29 Sfl 29 » 31
program (it requires 8K memory expansion on 38

the VIC) because it contains a set of enlarged num NOVEMBER DECEMBER


S n T U T F S I PI T u T f B
bers and characters, together with a bank of sub
!
3
routines to use them. The result is a calendar you 4 9 £ 7
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9 18 2 3 4 3 7 e

can hang on the wall. 11 12 13 14 13 1G 17 9


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17
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IB
12
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13
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18 19 29 21 22 23 24
Program 3 also gives you a printed monthly 29 2? 28 29 38 23 24 23 26 2? 29 29
38 31
calendar, but in a different format. The program
The Yearly Calendar (Program 4)
tabulates the days of the month as a list. It can
fi8 COMPUTEIS Gazette April 1984
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Tutor Michael Quigley

J
"French Tutor" is a helpful study aid designed
for those learning or strengthening French
ENGLISH U _
vocabulary and translation skills—English to TO GO TO MENU
French, or French to English. Written for the
FEERUARV
VIC-20, we've added a version for the Com F IER-
modore 64.

With two children studying French in elementary


school, one of my reasons for buying the VIC-20
was to create some French instructional programs.
"French Tutor" was suggested by Steve
Steinberg's "Language Lab" (COMPUTE!, July
1982), which provided for both drill and transla
tion. It was relatively easy to adapt to the VIC,
with a few minor modifications. For example, a
dummy word (XX) is needed as the last item in A correct translation is entered in "French Tutor (VIC
the DATA statements to prevent the program version).
from running out of DATA if a particular word
is not in the list. included are the combined ce for words like
ceuvre and a? as in Caesar.
Custom Accented Characters Program 1 also has a musical signature
Another modification involved the use of ac (which could be eliminated if it begins to pall).
cents, which Language Lab did not include.
The solution was to create the accents with Language Drills
programmable characters, as described in "Cus Program 2, which is loaded by Program 1, is
tom Characters for the VIC" by David Malmberg made up of four sections: French to English vo
(COMPUTEIS First Book of VIC). Program 1 de cabulary drill, English to French vocabulary drill,
scribes which keys have to be pushed to obtain French to English translator, and English to
accented characters. French translator. Because of severe restraints
In addition to the familiar accented vowels, on the VIC's memory in Program 2, there are
this program includes some which are used less only 101 words, most of which employ accents
frequently—the umlauted e as in Noel, u as in and are no longer than five letters. With more
Saul, and 6 for words of German origin. Also memory, this total could be increased. If you do
70 COMPUTED Gazette April 1984
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FRENCH CHARACTERS presently written.
,4 EQUIUALEHTS
Using the program with a disk drive opens
up even more interesting possibilities. The four
sections of Program 2 could be transformed into
four individual programs, which could then be
accessed by the menu. The disk drive's speed is
an asset in jumping from one program to another,
or to the menu itself.

Use The Keyword


Abbreviations
Memory in Program 2 is at a premium, and no
extra spaces should be inserted. In order to make
some lines fit in the maximum 88-character length,
BASIC keywords should be abbreviated—PRINT
"French Tutor" also includes French accents and symbols becomes ?, GOSUB becomes GO followed by
(64 version). SHIFTed S, DATA becomes D SHIFT-A, and so
on. (See Personal Computing an the VIC-20, pp.
have more memory, make the corresponding
133-34, or pp. 263-64 of the VIC-20 Programmer's
change to the number in line 43 {line 1610 In Reference Guide.) In particular, lines 1-5 and several
Program 3 for the 64) which randomly selects
of the DATA lines require abbreviations.
the words. Don't attempt to RUN the finished Program
Additional memory can also be used to add
I more than twice to see if it works, or you will
more sound, but that will necessitate relocating
get an OUT OF MEMORY message. SAVE it on
the programmable characters. Also, the random
tape often when creating it, so you can always go
selection of words can be changed so that, for
back to your previous version if this should
example, if eight words are chosen, none will be
happen.

Adding Words
The maximum number of words allowed for each
Vocabulary Drill section in Program 2 is nine.

VIC 20
This is because the VIC recognizes only the first
integer with the GET A$ statement in line 10,
which doesn't require the user to hit the RETURN
key; that is, 20 words would become 2 words. In
order to increase this number to 10 or above, elimi
nate the question mark from line 9, and make the
following substitution for lines 10 and 11:

10 INPUTN:IFN<1THEN10 irem 83
11 IPCO=NTHEN14 :rem 162
Now you can have the memory power of
This now requires use of the RETURN key after
the 64, flexible memory control, e*pons/on
port and more. the number is input.
For the 64 version, change lines 1280-1290 to:

M$129.95
1280 INPUTN:IFN<1THEN1280 irem 39
1290 IFCO=NTHEN1320 :rem 109

To make the program work with a disk drive,


give Program 2 the name "¥". Then, in Program
1, delete line 555 and make the following
changes:

390 IFA$="N"THENPOKE36869,255:GOTO560
mosaic :rem 163
ElfCTRONICS, INC. 580 POKE7993,34:POKE7994,6iPOKE7995,34:PO
Call tat vournBarest Mosaic Dealer KE7996,44:POKE7997,56 :rem 121
1-800S47-2B07, In Oregon <S53-7885 590 POKE198,liPOKE631,131:END !rem 161
HC 201 o leg&terBd trademark ofCommotJoro Bu&taa MacWwi Inc

See program listings on page 146. (0


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REVIEWS

Edumate
1I
Light Pen
Dan Carmichael,
Assistant Editor

In a recent poll conducted by


our sister publication, COMPUTE!,
only 6 percent of the readers
indicated they own a light pen. Our artists enjoyed drawing with the Edumate Light Pen. Here are two samples
of their work.
In this age of the computer, the
light pen has yet to catch on. It's 3D Tic Tac Toe is played on selecting the waveform and the
unfortunate, too, because the four grids measuring four decay setting, you cannot choose
light pen can make programs squares by four squares each. the filter, volume, attack, or sus
both easier to use and fun for You select the grids and squares tain settings.
the noncomputerist. with the light pen. You win by One of the more serious
One such product is the placing an x in four squares hori restrictions is found in the Draw
Edumate Light Pen offered by zontally, vertically, or diagon Routine program. After creating
Futurehouse. It comes com ally, on one grid or all four. your drawing, you are unable to
pletely wired and ready to plug Pen Music lets you play SAVE it to tape or disk.
into the joystick port of your music by touching the light pen
Commodore 64 or VIC-20. Also to various dots on the screen. A Good Teaching Aid
included are an instruction book You're given an array of 12 One important point about the
let and a software package con notes—a full musical scale—in light pen is its natural ability to
taining various programs for the any one of eight octaves. You attract and hold a child's atten
light pen. can also use the light pen to select tion. The light pen can be the
changes in decay, and the type added bonus that keeps a child
A Full Demonstration of waveform you wish to use. interested in a math or spelling
The software includes a hi- program.
resolution drawing program, a A Few Restrictions Also, if you're a parent with
disk utility, a music program, While all of the programs are even beginning or intermediate
and a game of 3D Tic Tac Toe. usable, they do contain a few programming abilities, you can
Draw Routine lets you draw serious restrictions. write your own tutoring pro
in the hi-resolution graphics Only BASIC programs can grams.
mode using the light pen. You be loaded using the disk utility. In addition, Futurehouse is
are offered a choice of 16 colors Because the format LOAD developing several educational
(64 version), with options to "filename",8 is used instead of and graphics software packages
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individual lines. language programs that do not The price of the Edumate
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In The Chips:
Playing To Win In Business
Tony Roberts, Assistant Managing Editor

An understanding of basic busi competitor each make decisions


ness concepts is a by-product of for the following business quar
the competition in In the Chips, a ter. After your plan has been
"In The Chips" requires the player to
program from Creative Software. entered, the computer lets each
make decisions involving research ami
The game is available on cartridge of you know how you fared.
development, manufacturing and
for the V1C-20, with a Commo Then you go on to the next quar marketing.
dore 64 version forthcoming. ter, modifying your decisions
develop up to five products—
Playing against either the based on the results of the first
Zurn, Chips, Pipes, Astro, or
computer or another person, quarter.
Xatar—at a cost of $5000 each.
you attempt to make the most
money by developing, manufac Building A Business Then you move to your produc
tion plant and decide how much
turing, advertising, and mar You begin the game with a
$100,000 investment in your
of each product to manufacture
keting a group of products.
at a unit cost of $10. Next, you
The game involves a series company. Your first move is
move over to'the accounting
of turns in which you and your product development. You may
division and set up your pricing
policies. Last on the list is adver
HUNDREDS OF PROGRAMS AVAILARLE tising. If you have any cash left
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Understanding and acting on

76 COMPUTEIS Gazette April 1984


this information is essential if
you hope to avoid bankruptcy.

Standard Game
Lasts Two Years
The length of play in In the Chips
can be set by the players. A stand
Comm-File™
You deserve it. . .so does your Commodore 64!
ard game is eight quarters (two
COMM-FILE is a powerful data Data Capacity. . . Flexible User-
years), though the program per
base program that eliminates Designed Files and Fields. . .
mits games of up to twenty quar multiple data files and turns Complete Mathematical Cal
ters. An eight-quarter game takes them into one organized and culation Abilities . . Powerful
about thirty minutes to play. concise information manage Search and Sort Control.. . File
The best strategy seems to ment system, Offering extreme Merge Capability. . . Advance
ease of use and tremendous Text Editing Features. . .and
be to spend all of your available
versatility, COMM-FILE can Custom-Designed Printer For
cash on production and adver maintain reports, records, form mats. . all to bring maximum
tising, and hope that your prices letters, invoices, listings, mailing efficiency and effectiveness to
are better than those of your addresses and any other infor any business!
opponent. Keep in mind that mation vital to your business'
proficient operation.
the other player is pushing the
COMM-FILE combines Extensive
same four products you are. SOFTWARE

This is head-to-head competition I1 O Box 946. Waterbury. CT 06720


'Commodore is a teuuiwcd trademark or
203-621-9361
on the store shelves.
If things don't go well for
you, the game may come to an
early end when you fall into debt
and can't raise enough capital to
The Commodore 64 is your first "real"
continue production. You'll be computer. So, it stands to reason that
forced to sell off your inventory the software you use be real too. And.
at a loss and the game will be useful.
awarded to your opponent. The INSTA series productivity
Under normal conditions, software is just that — real and useful,
you can't set prices at below With our tutorial manuals and HELP
production cost. However, one SCREENS we actually teach you wha1
option permits you to cut prices word processing, spreadsheets and
as much as you like in an attempt graphs are all about.

to comer the market and force Games are fun....for foolin


your competition out of business INSTAisforreal.

through lack of sales.

Getting Around The


Game
The game is played with a joy
stick. You are represented on
the screen by a construction
worker-type fellow in blue over
alls and a red hardhat. Using the
joystick, you move him from
building to building on your
business site. Once in a building,
you use the joystick to change
the numbers on the production
REVIEWS

and price ledgers in much the easy to beat it. Though I haven't have in each of these areas is
same way that you add your had much chance to play against whether or not to spend money,
initials to the vanity board of an live competition, I find that con but the game makes no attempt_
arcade game. It takes a little time siderably more unpredictable to cover the nuances and subtle
to understand exactly how to and challenging. ties that exist within each of these
move around the board and what Playing the game fairly re areas.

to do in each building. But once quires a bit of self-control on the However, In the Chips does
you catch on to the rules, things part of both players. You should illustrate the relationships
go quite smoothly. In the Chips agree not to watch the other among pricing, advertising, and
features a demo mode in which player set his price and produc sales, and can be used to dem
the computer plays a game with tion levels, and you should re onstrate these concepts. But it
itself. Though the demo moves frain from studying each other's must be understood that there's
rather quickly, studying the com balance sheets. more to business than is por
puter's moves can help you un trayed here.
derstand the game.
Learning About The financial summary pro
As an opponent, the com Business vided at the end of each quarter
puter seems fairly static, After In a very general sense, In the contains plenty of grist for a dis
you've played a few times, the Chips simulates the business cussion about the ways of busi
computer's business plan be world. All activity is directed ness. The summary includes two
comes fairly obvious. Once you toward research and develop parts: the balance sheet and an
understand how the computer ment, production, advertising, income and operating statement.
behaves, it becomes relatively and marketing. The control you The balance sheet shows
how much cash you have, how
much capital is tied up in inven
tory, your investment, and fi
nally, the bottom line.
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Asi~ml kr,'Monitor f 15 Euy Script 4 35 HOME FINANCES
Super Expander .....$ 15 Easy Spell i 17 Home Accountant ...4 49 blue, graphically demonstrating
LOGO I 39 SPREADSHEETS FCM _.J 39 income and outflow.
PILOT ( 39 Cilc Result (109 Tax Advantage S 45
CP/M 2.2 4 59 Calc Result Easy I 65 In the Chips is an entertaining
MONITORS
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Tired of playing games?
Learn to program with. . .

Beach-Head
ATUTORIAL.
For The 64 On your Commodore 64*

Shay Addams BASIC, A TUTORIAL introduces both at and away from the
you to the essential elements of computer. And, each BASIC pro
Most computer war games in programming your Commodore gramming technique is followed
volve moving little units of your 64 in the BASIC language. Every by interactive, short examples
thing from keywords and state for further understanding of the
army around a grid super
ments to data handling and BASIC language in use,
imposed on an onscreen map— printing.. .and so much more!
BASIC, A TUTORIAL helps you
not the most action-packed way Although a serious program for truly understand and use your
to fight a war. Beach-Head, how those serious about computers, computer to its fullest. Isn't that
ever, puts you right in the thick BASIC, A TUTORIAL makes more challenging than 'just
of things, facing enemy ships learning fun for even the young playing games'!
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and planes head-on. It's a one or For more detailed information
imaginative graphics and hands-
two-player game whose object is and the dealer nearest you,
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fortress of Kuhn-Lin. There manual for self-paced learning
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As the game begins, you get
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No Lookin' Around
We know. You've been looking
ship fleet, represented by four
everywhere (or 64 software, INSTA's
white dots floating in the ocean. interactive line of software is just a
On the left, a long stretch of phone call away.
beach reveals a narrow entrance Imagine, specially designed software
to the bay. The fortress can be that "talks" to one another. Your home
budget created with CALC instantly
seen blinking in the lower-left becomes a GRAPH. And your club
corner, and the enemy fleet lies membership list with addresses and
at anchor in the harbor. monthly dues quickly becomes a form
letter, printed over and over again,
Your first decision is strate automatically, for each member.
gic: Steam straight into the har
So. no more lookin' around. INSTA is
bor, or try to sneak up on the here now!
enemy by approaching through
a secret passageway into the
bay, located further up the
coast.

Guide The Fleet


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COMPUTE!1* Gazette April 1984 79


REVIEWS

and out the exit at the upper-left Attacking The Beach


side of the screen. This isn't as
Sink all the ships, and the over
easy as it sounds, because enemy
head view reappears so you can
torpedoes zip across the lake
steer your fleet to the beach.
erratically. But you'll face fewer
This scene puts you in the
enemy planes in the next phase
driver's seat of a small tank that
by taking this tack.
must weave through a series of
Either way, your ships enter
closely placed walls and mines
the harbor, where the display
while you blast away at gun
changes to a first-person "you-
emplacements. The higher your
are-there" scene: A huge aircraft An enemy fighter is shot down in the
score when you reach this scene,
carrier and four other enemy opening scenes o/Beach-Head.
the more tanks will be lined up
ships are seen at fairly close your ships will be destroyed. A as reserves.
range.
red surveillance plane flies over Once in motion, you can't
Propeller-driven fighters occasionally; if s worth 1000 turn back. The scenery scrolls by
take off from the distant carrier, points. Shoot down enough and there's no way to change
and the droning of their engines enemy planes, and the carrier
your speed. It's a do-or-die situ
gets louder as they approach. tries to escape by sailing off the ation. Make it across the beach
Appearing first as tiny dots on left side of the screen. and you'll face the Kuhn-Lin
the horizon, they quickly grow
into finely detailed planes that Calculating Your fortress and its unerringly accu
rate cannon.
spit machine-gun fire from their Broadsides
It sits atop a big brown hill,
wing tips, then veer off authen This brings up the ship-to-ship where you immediately see a
tically instead of passing over battle. The shrill whistling of small white window. You have
head. The only evidence of your incoming shells alerts you before to put a shot through it. It turns
own weaponry are the tips of a they hit, sending up tall white
black when you hit it, then
pair of barrels whose elevation plumes when they splash in the
and horizontal positioning can
another appears. Ten windows
water. After you fire a shot, sev
be controlled with the joystick.
must be hit in order to demolish
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the cannon, which slowly aims
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It never misses; the only way to
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nail it is to rely on a force of sev
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I trust that I'm not repeating literally sucked into their heads
myself too much when I say that to the accompaniment of appro
the real advantage of owning a priate sound effects.
VIC-20 is that you get a real com What makes the game diffi
The ship has rescued a crew member,
puter which can also play super cult to master is that the speed
but cannot reach the fuel pod.
games. I thought it was a bargain and direction of your ship are
at $300 when it first came out; controlled by the joystick, with fatally large headache."
now at about $70, it is a steal. out benefit of brakes. You must The above blurb (from the
Any disadvantages—a limited keep your eye on an inertia meter package) is descriptive of the
memory and a 22-column screen, or you might be moving too fast game. You want to get up to the
for example—are outweighed by to pick up a man. Furthermore, top, but the Redcoat, kicking
its capabilities. you must keep an eye on your rolling cannonballs at you, has
Recently, I received two fuel gauge so you can refuel be other ideas.
more cartridge games to add to fore your fuel runs out and you The game commences in
our growing collection. My kids, crash. nocuously enough with a
and to a lesser extent the adult This game has features that serenade of "When Johnny
kids (my wife and I), have had we like to see in all games. It Comes Marching Home." Then
a lot of fun with what I have offers a choice of starting levels the balls come rolling down at
dubbed the second generation of and a pause control. You keep you and you don't have much
VIC games. (The first generation moving up in difficulty when time to think. You can jump
was largely pedestrian.) you have rescued all your men over them if you're quick, or you
or shot all the leepers. There is can use falling cannonballs and
Lunar Leeper variety. For example, level two a seesaw to propel up one vertical
"Leepers are cute, is completely different from level level. A balloon helps you ascend
Leepers are sly, one. In level two you find your the final step to the Redcoat'sflag.
It's a game full of dodging self in a cave containing a giant Like other good games, it
to shoot up an eye. eyeball which must be destroyed has a choice of levels. If you man
while you dodge the eyeball age to reach the top and capture
Fly up and fly down
protectors. There is little room the flag, you listen to a victory
Forward and back,
for error in this convoluted maze. song ("This Old Man," for ex
Rescue your men
A good score requires lightning- ample) and move up a level of
before Leepers attack."
fast reflexes and little time for difficulty. Points are scored by
The first two stanzas of the jumping over cannonballs, and
thinking.
poem on the cartridge box cover Lunar Leeper, which is also at higher levels, by striking can
neatly summarize this fast game. nonballs with a hammer.
available on cartridge or disk for
Your joystick controls a space I found the game very diffi
the Commodore 64, is an excel
ship. Your mission: to score cult and never passed level one.
lent game.
points by bringing men to safety So did my kids at first, but now
on a cliff and destroying an evil Cannonball Blitz one of them claims he has mas
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Each month, COMPUTEI'b GAZETTE will tackle some PET (Personal Electronic Transactor); came out in
questions commonly asked by new VIC-20/Commodore 1977 and had a version of BASIC known today as
64 users and by people shopping for their first home Original ROM BASIC (so named because the
computer. BASIC was stored in ROM—Read Only Memory).
Later, this BASIC was revised and became known
as Upgrade ROM or BASIC 2.0. The BASIC lan
guage built into the VIC-20 and Commodore 64 is
What is the meaning of the decimal num
essentially BASIC 2.0.
bers in BASIC 2.0, BASIC S.I, etc. ? Do the terms
Improved models of the PET, known as the
"extended BASIC" or "enhanced BASIC" have a
4032, 8032, and SuperPET, have an even better
real, definable meaning? Or are they mostly ad
version called BASIC 4.0. Among other things,
vertising puffery?
this BASIC has more efficient garbage collection
and built-in disk commands. Compare these two
*» ■ In computerese, decimal numbers tacked
procedures for deleting a file off a diskette in disk
onto names of products—usually programs—in
drive 0.
dicate the current version of the product. In other
words, they denote the product's current state of In BASIC 2.0:
revision. A word-processing program named CLOSE 15:OPEN 15,8,15,"SCRATCH0:filename":
WordMangler 2.2 is a more current version than CLOSE 15
WordMangler 1.5. The higher the number, the In BASIC 4.0:
later the revision.
SCRATCH "filename"
As far as I've been able to determine, there
aren't any formal rules governing the use of these What's more, BASIC 4.0 even asks, "Are you
numbers. Logically, you would think that the sure?" before going ahead and scratching the file.
first version of a program would always be labeled That's where the terms "extended BASIC" or
1.0, right? But often new programs appear on the "enhanced BASIC" are applied. In effect, BASIC
market with a postscripted 2.0 or even 3.5. Ap 4.0 is an extended or enhanced version of BASIC
parently the earlier-numbered versions were not 2.0. It's easy to see how extended commands can
fit for public consumption and never made it out make a computer easier to use.
of the programmer's workshop. Unfortunately, there are no absolute, defin
In lieu of formal rules, a few general conven able meanings to the terms "extended" or "en
tions seem to be followed. If a revision is more or hanced" when applied to various BASICs. Pre
less minor—to fix a small bug, for example—the sumably, these terms indicate that the BASIC
number is incremented by only a fraction, such as does indeed have more advanced commands, but
2.0 to 2.1. But if major changes are made—perhaps remember that one computer's extended BASIC
to incorporate significant new features, or adapt may be no better than another computer's stand
the program to another computer—the number is ard BASIC. For example, the extra sound and
moved up a whole notch, such as 2.0 to 3.0. graphics commands found in many extended
The same conventions are followed when BASICs sold for the VIC and 64 are built into the
numbering programming languages such as regular BASICs in some other home computers.
BASIC. (BASIC itself, of course, is just a large To avoid being misled by advertising puffery, ask
program written in machine language.) You've to see a list of the extra commands so you can
probably seen these revision numbers when judge for yourself. If possible, try out the com
writers refer to various versions of Commodore mands before buying the BASIC to see how useful
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A question I am often asked is how to convert pro
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and 64 were at first sparse, they aren't anymore.
The need for conversion is less important. However,
you sometimes find a program written for another
computer that you wish you had for yours.
Conversion isn't that difficult. The main BASIC
commands are the same for most all microcom
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ences in the programming commands for micro
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Each brand of computer requires a special method
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I have had quite a few requests to convert the VIC and H.
"Match-Em," originally published for the TI-99/4A
in the April 1983 issue of COMPUTE!. Here it is for
the VIC and the 64. will be shown. After each game you have the op
tion of trying again. If you press Y for yes, the
How To Play Match-Em shapes are scrambled in a different order, and the
Match-Em is a simple matching game designed score is reset to zero. If you press N for no, the
for young children. The screen displays 16 program ends.
squares, each with a different letter. Press the Feel free to change the graphics. I used some
letters on two of the squares to try to match the shapes made up from the graphic shapes on the
shapes hidden behind those letters. If you suc fronts of the keys. You can get fancy and create
cessfully "match-'em," the shape will be drawn sprites on the 64 if you wish. And you can make
at the bottom of the screen, and you will not be up different designs or even animals to match.
able to use those squares again. If you choose a The principles of a matching game are the
square which has previously been matched, in basis for many educational games. You can use
stead of a shape you will see rows of X marks. the same general logic to develop matching games
There are eight pairs of shapes to try to match. for a variety of subjects. For example, instead of
The game is over when all eight pairs have been shapes you could match a capital letter with a
discovered. The object is to score as low as pos lowercase letter. Try matching a picture with its
sible—you get one point for each guess. beginning letter. Match parts of compound words,
If you wish to stop the game at any time, or perhaps homonyms, antonyms, or synonyms.
press Q to quit. The placement of all the shapes In geography, match states and capitals or,
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perhaps, rivers with countries or countries with torn of the screen when it is correctly matched.
continents. In history, match a date with a histor Line 340 POKEs color onto the screen where the
ical event. In mathematics, match a problem with score will be printed.
its answer. Line 350 prints the message to press two let
ters. Lines 360-370 increment and print the score
at the bottom right corner of the screen. Lines
How The VIC And 64 Versions 380-390 create a beep to indicate to the player that
Work it is time to press two letters.
I first wrote the 64 version of this game, then com Line 400 scans the keyboard to see which
bined lines and changed the graphics and sound letter the player presses. If no key is pressed, the
commands for the VIC version. To aid my program POKE statements blink the dash for the letter on
explanation, I kept the VIC line numbers consist the screen. Lines 410-420 make sure that the letter
ent with the 64 version. pressed is between A and Q and that all other
Line 1 defines the border and screen color keys pressed are ignored. The letter pressed is
combination, clears the screen, and defines the printed on the screen, replacing the dash. Rl is
printing color. the first letter pressed, and R2 is the second letter.
Line 10, a DIMension statement, is used to Line 430 has the computer branch if the letter Q
reserve array space for 16 elements each in A, B, has been pressed.
C, and P. A and B keep track of the eight shape Lines 440—470 print the shape corresponding
numbers. C is the color number for a particular to the square chosen. If the square has previously
square on the screen. P is a position number used been matched, A will be zero and X marks will be
in drawing the graphics for a particular square. printed instead of a shape. In line 470 the ON-
Lines 20-80 print the title screen and instruc GOSUB branches to the appropriate subroutine
tions. Line 90 reads the values for the position to draw the particular shape. GOSUB 780 colors
and color of each square from the data in lines the shape.
100-130. In line 140, CC is defined as a number Line 480 sets the position for the second dash,
that relates the screen memory map with the color then line 490 blinks the dash while waiting for the
memory map. A$ and B$ are used to print the 16 second letter to be pressed. Lines 500-570 are
red and blue squares. similar to lines 410-170, which print the shape of
Lines 150-160 turn on the sound and define the second letter chosen.
variables used to play sounds—a beep to signal Lines 580-640 play the "uh-oh" sound if a
the player's turn to press two letters, an "uh-oh" match is not made. Lines 650-680 play an arpeggio
sound for no match, and an arpeggio for a correct if a match is made. Lines 690-700 print the shape
match. at the bottom of the screen, then line 710 sets the
Lines 170-180 wait for the player to press the A elements to zero so they cannot be matched
fl key to start the game. To type this line, press the again. Line 720 branches if all eight shapes have
fl key between the quotes in line 180. You may been matched and the game is over.
choose a different key to be pressed if you prefer. If the game is not over, line 730 waits until
Line 190 clears the screen, and in the 64 ver the player presses the space bar to continue
sion line 200 changes the screen to white. Lines playing. Then lines 740-760 "cover" the squares
210-230 print the red and blue squares on the and replace the previous letters with dashes so
screen. Line 240 prints the letters on the squares, line 770 can branch back to the beginning of the
then line 250 prints the Q option. choosing procedure.
Lines 260-300 are my way of arranging the Lines 780-800 contain a subroutine to color
shapes. Each of the shapes is numbered from 1 to the shape after it has been drawn. A subroutine
8. The B array can be considered a screen with the in lines 810-840 replaces the shape on the screen
shapes in order (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8). with its original red or blue square and cor
The A array is formed by choosing one of the B responding letter. Lines 850-1070 contain the
elements randomly. After a B element has been subroutines to draw the eight shapes.
chosen, it isjj^to zero so it cannot be chosen Lines 1080-1100 contain the procedure if a
again. Line MMhen redefines (he B array to be player has correctly matched all eight shapes. The
the same as trry A array. If the player presses Q or message to press two letters is cleared, then some
ends the game, the B array is used to see the orig random tones sound to signal the end of the game.
inal position of all the shapes. If a player presses Q or if the player has
Lines 310-330 define random colors for the matched all eight shapes, lines 1110-1130 show
shapes, making sure the shape color is not white, all the shapes for the 16 positions on the screen.
red, or blue. The score (SC) and number of correct Lines 1140-1170 print the option to try again, and
shapes (S) are initialized to zero. S is used to de the program branches appropriately.
termine the position to print the shape at the bot- See program listings on page 140. 9
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Little Known
BASIC Commands
Todd Heimarck, Assistant Editor

You probably know how to use BASIC com THEN. To put the results on the screen, PRINT.
mands like PRINT and INPUT. But how many Now let's expand our vocabulary a bit with
of yourprograms contain WAIT, ATN, or some of the little known commands.
LOG? These and other seldom used Commo
dore BASIC commands can help you do more ABS (ABSolute value)
with the programs you write. ABS determines the absolute value of a number.
It leaves positive numbers alone and changes
negative numbers to positive. It may sound rather
When you're speaking or writing, you can choose useless, chopping off minus signs, but there are
from a smorgasbord of about 175,000 English some interesting things you can do with it.
words, not counting proper names. Some have The most obvious application of ABS is in
been around hundreds of years and are rarely financial calculations. When you want to make
used anymore; when was the last time you said sure that no negative numbers appear in a pro
"yclept" or "soothly"? Others are narrowly de gram, you simply ABS them. Another application
fined technical terms, used primarily within a would be a checkbook register which lists all de
trade or profession. posits and checks. Perhaps your program auto
As diverse as our language is, there are a few matically uses negative numbers for checks, but
words that do most of the work. Linguists estimate you want to print the list without minuses all over
that if you know just 3,000 English words, you the screen.
are able to understand over 80 percent of what ABS can be used to avoid crashes in programs
you read or hear. using SQR (square root) or LOG (logarithm).
These mathematical functions and others will
Expanding Your BASIC accept only positive numbers; numbers less than
Vocabulary zero will cause an error message.
Commodore BASIC is much more limited than ABS can also be used in a toggle routine. Let's
English or any other natural language. For one say you want a variable to switch back and forth
thing, it contains only about 70 words. And there between two different values. You could use the
are strict rules of syntax about how you can use following subroutine:
them. BASIC is not a language for poets. 1 T=3
But BASIC is similar to English in that there 499 REM TOGGLE SUBROUTINE
are a few workhorse words, common commands 500 IF T=3 THEN T=16i RETURN
510 IF T=16 THEN T=3: RETURN
that are used time and again.
To get information into the computer, you Each time you want to toggle, you GOSUB
need INPUT, GET, and READ-DATA. To perform 500. As you can see, T switches back and forth
loops and make decisions, FOR-NEXT and IF- between 3 and 16. But the following routine will
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do the same thing with just one line: WAIT
1 T=3 Like POS, WAIT is seldom needed in BASIC pro
499 REM ABS TOGGLE SUBROUTINE
grams. To understand how it works, think of it as
500 T=ABS{T-19)s RETURN
WAIT-UNTIL. For example, you WAIT to cross
Line 500 does it all. If T is 3, 3 minus 19 is the street UNTIL the light is green. WAIT stops
-16, and the ABS chops off the minus sign. But if program execution UNTIL a memory location
T is 16, subtracting 19 yields -3, and the minus contains a certain number. When the location
sign is chopped off.
contains the proper value, program execution
continues.
POS (Position of cursor)
WAIT statements use the form WAIT /, ml,
To understand how the POS(X) command works,
ml. L is the memory location to be checked. Ml is
you should recall that you are limited to 88 char
mask one; m2 is mask two (which is optional).
acters per program line on the VIC-20 (80 charac The computer PEEKs memory location /, exclusive-
ters on the 64). However, a full program line won't
ORs the value with ml and ANDs it with Mil.(For
fit on one line of the screen. A line on the VIC's
further information on masks and the logical op
screen is only 22 characters wide, and a screen
erations AND and exclusive-OR, see "The Inner
line on the 64 takes only 40 characters. So, a full
World Of Computers, Part 2: Why Computers
program line can fill up to four screen lines on the
Are Logical" in the December 1983 GAZETTE, or
VIC and two screen lines on the 64.
Machine Language for Beginners, COMPUTE!
A program line stored in memory is called a
Books.)
logical screen line. This logical line is displayed on
WAIT is rarely used because memory loca
your TV or monitor in one or more physical screen
tions don't change arbitrarily. Since memory is
lines. The POS(X) command tells you the position
used for storage, you expect memory to hold onto
of the cursor within the logical screen line. On the
its contents. If a number in RAM changes, there
VIC, the position number ranges from 0 to 87,
has to be a good reason.
and on a 64, it ranges from 0 to 79.
Certain peripherals use memory locations as
Whenever you press RETURN, the cursor
buffers and registers. Thus, WAIT is usually used
position pointer is set to position 0 (the first posi
in input/output operations. You might want your
tion), and the cursor moves to the beginning of a
program to pause until a signal comes over the
new physical screen line. Every time you type a
phone line to your modem, for example. You
character, the position pointer increases by one
would use WAIT to check a buffer or input register
and the cursor moves one position to the right on
when the signal comes in, the register changes,
the screen. On the VIC, when you type in the
and the program continues.
twenty-third character, the cursor moves to the
Datassette users can protect graphics displays
beginning of the next physical screen line, but the
with a WAIT statement.
pointer increments to position 22, in the logical
Let's say you write a program which uses
screen line. (This occurs with the forty-first char
data stored on a tape, but it does not read the
acter on the 64; the pointer would contain a 40.)
data until halfway through the program. You
The pointer continues to increase until you type
know that when the program sees OPEN it will
the maximum allowable number of characters, or
print PRESS PLAY ON TAPE in the middle of the
you type a RETURN.
screen. You may have a nice graphic display (or a
The POS function is little used, for good
high-resolution screen) that you don't want ruined
reason. When was the last time you asked your
by the prompt.
self, "I wonder where the cursor is?"
A WAIT can test to see if a button has been
But there is a way you can use POS. When
pressed on the tape player:
the 64 PRINTS a line longer than 40 characters (22
characters on the VIC), it wraps around to the WAIT 1,16,16 (64 version)
next line. Words are often split haphazardly, WAIT 37151,64,64 (VIC version)

making text hard to read. If you put this line in just before you OPEN
To avoid splitting words, you can use POS(X) the data file, the program will wait until a button
to check the cursor position and LEN(N$) to check is pressed on the tape drive. It will not print PRESS
the length of the next word to be printed. If posi PLAY ON TAPE. When the play button is pressed,
tion + length exceeds the character limit of the a bit is switched in memory. Your computer stops
physical screen line, PRINT CHR$(13) to reset the waiting and opens the file for input. But, alas,
position pointer to 0, then continue printing your solving one problem may create another. If the
text. user does not know what is happening, he or she
The variable X in the parentheses of POS(X) may end up waiting for the computer to do some
is a dummy argument; it doesn't matter what thing, as it waits for the user to do something. To
value you use. help other people use your programs, you should
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put a prompt on the screen just before the WAIT mand discussed above. ABS throws away the
statement is executed, telling the user what to do. sign so you can look at the number. SGN throws
You can do it the other way, too. If you want away the number but keeps the sign.
the computer to wait for the user to press the stop Some programmers use SGN to make deci
button on the tape player, use: sions about branching.
WAIT 1,16 (64 version) 10 FOR J = 1 TO 5: READ K: PRINT K;
WAIT 37151,64 (VIC version) :rem 198
20 ON (SGN(K)+2) GOTO 30, 40, 50 :rem 238
There are times when a joystick does not 30 PRINT "IS NEGATIVE.": GOTO 60 :rem 42
work with the VIC because the play button on the 40 PRINT "IS ZERO.": GOTO 60 :rem 24
cassette drive is still on. Using the above WAIT 50 PRINT "IS POSITIVE." :rem 115
60 NEXT J :rem 239
statement can test for this problem.
500 DATA 15, 300, -4, 0, -654.32 :rem 72
CONT (CONTinue) In the program above, line 20 checks the sign
CONT is a valuable debugging tool. It allows you of the number. SGN(K) yields -1, 0, or 1. Add
to restart a program which lias stopped because two to get 1, 2, or 3. The ON-GOTO then makes
you pressed the RUN/STOP key, or because the the program branch to line 30, 40, or 50. It's a
program hit a STOP or END. quick way to check for positive or negative num
Let's write a simple program with a bug: bers and branch accordingly.
10 M=2 item 29 SGN is also good for comparisons. To com
20 INPUT "NUMBER"; N t rem 136 pare two numbers (the scores of player one and
30 PRINT Nr "TIMES TWO IS"; N*M irem 213
player two, for example), subtract one from the
40 FOR M = 1 TO 20: NEXT Ms REM DELAY LOO
P :rem 152
other, and use SGN to evaluate which one is
50 GOTO 20 irem 0 higher, perhaps with the ON-GOTO syntax of
Now RUN the program. The screen says line 20 above.
NUMBER? Type in 15, press RETURN, and it ATN (ArcTaNgent)
gives the result of 30. So far, so good. Now try Few people have neutral feelings aboul
zero. Zero times two is zero. It seems to be
trigonometry; you either love it or hate it.
working. Type 4 and the computer says four times If you can't remember anything you learned
two is eighty-four. Something is wrong. in trig, don't worry, this won't be too technical.
It's debugging time. Insert this line: 35 First, look at the triangle below.
STOP.
RUN it again and the computer multiplies
correctly. Then it stops and says BREAK IN LINE spaceship
35. Type CONT and it continues. Try another
number (except zero). The answer is incorrect;
the program stops again. Type PRINT N, M and y value

you will discover that M is now equal to 21. If you


want to try another number, type CONT. Each
x value
time you will discover that M equals 21. That's a
clue that something is not working right.
If you're wondering what the bug is, you Imagine that you are looking at a spaceship
may notice that M starts out as 2 (line 10), but that flying toward you out of the sky. Your computer
can figure out the values for x and y, but you have
it is also used in the delay loop. To correct it, you
have to use a different variable in line 40. to aim the laser, which is your only defense. And
you don't have a joystick; you have to figure out
Some bugs do not occur right away. The first
time through, everything works. Then the bug the angle at which to shoot.
You're in luck because your computer knows
pops up. The best way to step through a program
how to use ATN. ATN(Y/X) gives you the angle
is to use the STOP-PRINT-CONT combination.
in radians. Divide by it (pi) and multiply by 180 to
There are a few BASIC commands that can
be used only in a program; they don't work in
get the answer in degrees. (To type the tt symbol,
hold down SHIFT and press the up-arrow key.)
immediate mode. CONT is unique: It is the only
This simple program calculates an angle from X
command used exclusively in immediate mode.
and Y coordinates.
SGN (SIGN) 10 PRINT "X AND Y COORDINATES" :rem 241
SGN is used to evaluate numbers. If the number 20 INPUTX.Y :rem 207
30 IF X=0 THEN S=SGN{Y)!D=90*S:R=S*]72:GO
is positive, the result is 1. If the number is negative,
TO50 :rem 39
SGN gives you a -1. If the number is zero, you 40 R=ATN(Y/N): D=R*180/X = rem 251
get a zero. 50 PRINT "ANGLE IS";R;"RADIANS": PRINT D;
This function complements the ABS com- "DEGREES"! GOTO 10 :rem 164
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that the angle will always range from +7T/2 to-ir/2 finally a calculated TAB to print the number in its
{ + 90 to-90 in degrees). If you want the full range place.
of 0 to 360 degrees, you have to figure out which Using LOG can make things simpler. The
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would most likely use SGN to find out if x and y
10 T=LOG(10): D=14 :rem 166
are positive or negative. 20 INPUT N :rem 64
ATN may seem to be an esoteric, obscure 30 S=INT(LOG(H)/T) :rem 51
function of interest only to mathematicians, but 40 PRINT TAB(D-S);N :rem 102
there are times you may need it. 50 GOTO 20 irem 0

If you want to do a three-dimensional display, Line 30 figures the base ten logarithm of the
for example, you will probably need ATN to figure number from line 20. in effect, you find the length
the angles. It may also be useful in a Star Trek of the number by using its (base ten) logarithm.
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Anytime you are working with angles, re solved one problem and created another. We can
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LOG (natural LOGarithm)
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This is another function which may intimidate line to trap zero:
those who aren't mathematicians. The idea behind
it is actually fairly simple and can be helpful in 25 IF(ABS(SGN{N))-1) THEN S=0: GOTO 40
:rem 25
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1600. You can also find a logarithmic scale on a
Using Little Known Commands
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The LOG built into your computer does not most common ones, such as PRINT and FOR-
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10 INPUT"NUMBER";N :rem 135
20 PRINT! PRINTLOG(N)/LOG(2), :rem 247
30 PRINT LOG(N)/LOG{10) :rem 52
40 GOTO 10 :rem 254

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Tank Mania:
Adding A Second Joystick
To The VIC
Ken Gibbons and Curtis Rich
Not only do the authors show how to connect a
second joystick to your VIC-20, they also pro
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to work. The project is simple and does not
require you to open your VIC or modify it.

All of us have had many enjoyable hours playing


games against the VIC. But there's nothing like
the thrill of beating a human opponent who is
canny and unpredictable. Here is where a problem
arises—.ill of the destructive energy you unleash
at computer bad buys usually ends up being
absorbed by the keyboard. In an exciting action
game it can take a real beating, especially in a
two-player game.
Also, perhaps you have noticed how easy it The red tank attach, while the blue player maneuvers to get
is to press the wrong key, or that the computer out of lite corner in "Tank Mania."
recognizes only the first key pressed and ignores
all others until the first key is released (an espe various cassette and disk operations. The fourth
cially effective tactic when you are trying to pre port (called the user port) is left free. Unless you
vent your opponent from moving). For this reason are using a modem or some other RS-232 device,
most home computers provide us with game ports. the User Port on your VIC is idle and is available
for a second joystick.
Only One Game Port
Simple Construction
You can use joysticks, paddles, and light pens,
with these game ports. The joysticks and paddles The construction is simple and requires no mod
are perhaps the most popular, because they are
ification to the VIC. Get an edge connector (l2/z4
inexpensive, easy to use, and can take the punish with .156 spacing), which should fit the User Port
on the back of your VIC. Then get a joystick con
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The VIC is no exception. It comes equipped nector (subminiature D type, nine-pin). It looks
like the original game port on the side of your
to handle paddles or a joystick. But this is where
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have the connectors, make the following connec
equipped VIC. Most home computers have at
least two game ports, but the VIC has only one. tions between them. Most connectors have the
pins lettered right on them. If yours don't, the
A Joystick In The User Port VIC manual and the VIC-20 Programmer's Reference
The VIC will handle two joysticks, though. For Guide contain complete pin diagrams. (See the
about five dollars in parts you can add the second figure.)
game port, allowing you to operate two joysticks, VIC Joystick Plug
the paddles with a joystick, or whatever.
The VIC joystick is connected through a Ver
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four of these VIA ports for input and output pur
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keyboard, read the original game port, and for
102 COMPUTEIS Gazelle April
The filled-in holes represent pins which are used. A Game For Two Joysticks
You will notice that this is a mirror image to the "Tank Mania" is a fast, action-packed game for
diagram which is in your VIC book.
two players, in which each player commands a
Here's what each pin does:
tank maneuvered by a joystick. The object is to
destroy your opponent's tank. Blockades and
I'in number Description
mines provide natural hazards. You can remove
1 Up -JoyO
these hazards by shooting them. If you shoot
2 Down -Joyl
3 Left -Joy 2 a mine on the border, you can wrap around
4 High! -Joy 3 the screen—try it and you will find the results
t> Fire Button interesting.
6 Ground
The skill level is set in the first line of (he sec
ond program. By changing the value of SL, you
Simply connect these pins to a 24-pin edge con
can control the number of blocks and mines. Fi
nector as follows:
nally, the tanks will go between blocks diagonally
[oystick Edge Connector despite the tight fit.
1 to E The first program creates the special charac
2 in F ters, prints instructions, and loads Program 2.
3 to H Before loading the second program, the first pro
4 to D
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6 to J before saving it you will lose it.
8 to A
Since Tank Mania is such a long game, you
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The 24-pin edge connector then plugs into
a SASE to:
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12 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 Seeprograw listings on page 160. Qf

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COMPUTE!'! Gazette April?984 103


HINTS TIPS

Finding Incorrect
DATA Statements Bruno Degazio

If you've discovered a clever time-saving tech mat. To find the offending DATA line, type this
nique, or a brief but effective programming in immediate mode (without a line number):
shortcut, send it in to "Hints & Tips," c/o com- PRINT PEEK(63) + PEEK(64)'256
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You can then LIST that line to find the item
that caused the problem. An incorrect DATA state
ment is usually the result of a missing comma or a
Here is an easy-to-use technique for finding mis number that was accidentally typed twice. No
typed DATA statements. matter how careful you are, mistakes will some
DATA statements are great for rapidly POKE- times creep into your typing. But this pro
ing numbers into memory, whether it's for a gramming tip should reduce your debugging time. <
machine language program, a musical composi
tion, custom characters, or some other purpose.
You simply program a FOR-NEXT loop, READ GET THE MOST FROM
the data, and POKE.
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10 SC=I024: REH FOR VIC USE 7680 (UNEXPAN CASSETTE INTERFACE

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CASSETTE RECORDER
20 PRINT"{CLR}********" :rem 22
CONTROLS THE CASSETTE
30 FOR J = SC TO SC+5 :rem 0
MOTOR
40 READ K: POKE J, K :rem 245 MAKE COPIES OF ANY
50 NEXT J :rem 238 TAPE PROGRAM
60 REM (MORE PROGRAM LINES) trem 97 SATISFACTION GUAR
500 DATA 20,5,19,20 :rem 150 ANTEED

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almost carefree in style and coding. Yet BASIC is microprocessor to the computer. The Commodore
not as fast as a high-level language can be. It does CP/M cartridge contains a Z80 microprocessor and
not encourage or support modular or even struc plugs into 64's expansion port. It also contains cir
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so it lacks commands specific to certain situations, 6510 and the Z80. But you don't have CP/M yet.
such as graphics, games, business/professional CP/M is supplied on a disk that you load into your
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the mainframe computers: COBOL, FORTRAN, slowest disk drives on the market. Don't feel bad,
Pascal, PL/1, LISP, APL, even ALGOL. Languages though, it is also about the least expensive. CP/M,
which work out particularly well on micros include however, was written for machines with fast, ex
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These languages work well within the speed and accesses the disk frequently for the various utilities
memory limitations of many personal computers. it performs. The 1541 is the weak link in 64 CP/M.
The business community has been trans Programs behave sluggishly.
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languages (COBOL, FORTRA'N) to 64K Z80 CP/M the 64. CP/M adds great capability and potential, a
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puters. These languages are often subnets of the brought your 64 home, it takes software to make
minicomputer versions of the languages. They your computer do anything. And that's whafs
are smaller versions of the languages, but are still missing from Commodore CP/M.
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Many Commodore 64 owners, especially educators Just as you can't even read an Apple or Atari disk
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the many thousands of programs that will run only like screen formatting and cursor control are not.
on a CP/M system. CP/M often requires 80 columns, which isn't easily
CP/M offers the 8080 or Z80 programmer a set workable with 64 CP/M.
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microprograms are customized to each computer, able with CP/M, but there are no disks you can buy
yet act the same from a program's point of view. which your 1541 can read. Commodore has some
These microprograms make up the Basic Input/ plans to release some 1541-readable CP/M software,
Output System, or BIOS. The BIOS is much like the but we've yet to see it.
64's set of Kernal routines, which enable a 6510 Dedicated "hackers" or machine language
machine language programmer to work with input programmers may be interested in CP/M. They
and output. The Kernal's strongest point is that its can write programs which switch between the
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A Beginner's Tour Of BASIC
RAM For VIC And 64
Pete Marikle

You can simplify the search for program bugs First, type in this short BASIC program that
if you take a short tour through BASIC RAM allows you to peek into the computer's memory:
and use this subroutine that displays variable 10 S=256:PRINT"(CLR]START ADDRESS":INPUTZ
values. :rem 228
20 sS="*************•********": TS="
.rem 7

30 FORX=ZTO{PEEK(55)+S*PEEK(56>):PRINTCHR
Normally, you don't need to know what happens
5(144)X,PEEK(X)S PC(2)CHR$(PEEK(X)}
to your program when you type RUN. The BASIC :rem 35
interpreter takes over, leaving you free to use the 35 Y=X+ltU=PEEK(45)+S*PEEK{46):V=PEEK(47)
computer to figure your income tax, write a letter, +S*PEEK(48):W=PEEK(49)+S*PEEK(50)
:rem 81
or save the galaxy.
40 IFY=UORY=VORY=WTHEN PRINTSS :rem 44
When your program crashes, though, or gives
45 IFX>=UANDY<VTHENT=T+1:GOTO47 :rem 44
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computer user back to programmer, locate the 47 IFT THEN IFT/7-INT(T/7)<.01THENPRINTTS
bug, and fix it. Debugging is easier if you can :rem 2 32
50 WAIT 197,32:NEXT irem 69
look at the values of your variables and arrays
60 REM END OF PROGRAM APPROACHING!rem 250
while the program is running, to be sure that loops
are being completed and data are being put in the If you want to use this program again, you should
right place at the right time. SAVE it to tape or disk.
Programs 1 and 2 are different versions of a Now enter these samples in direct mode:
subroutine that displays the current values of all AB = 12.34:CD = -12.34:AB$ = "HELLO":AB% =
program variables. By inserting STOP statements AB(l> = ni:CD(l)= -lll:AB%n) = 1024:AB$(l) =
in any line where you suspect a problem, you can "BYE"
"freeze" the action and GOTO the subroutine to
Hit RETURN, and enter some more:
check your logic, statement by statement.
DIMCDS(3,5,5):CDS(1,0,0) = "SEE":CD$<2,0,0) =

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look at where your VIC-20 or 64 stores your pro RAM. Now type GOTO 10 and RETURN. Do not
grams and variables, how it tells a string from an type RUN (RUN resets all variables). Respond
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The Program Looks At Itself representing the string variable AB$. The A is
The space bar is your one-touch control. Hold it clear enough, but where did the B go? Here's the
down until the screen is nearly full, then sit back secret: The second character of a string variable
and take a look. You are looking at the middle of name is stored after adding 128 to the normal
the tour program, with the memory addresses on CHR$ value for that character. It's that high-order
the left, memory contents in the middle, and some bit trick again.
interesting characters on the right. By checking to see if this high-order bit is 1 or
Some of those characters are meaningless, 0, your computer can tell whether this is a string
because a CHR$ interpretation of the contents of variable or floating-point variable. Note that 194
a memory location is invalid and out of context if minus 128 is 66, the CHR$ value for the B in AB$.
the location contains a keyword, line link, line Your computer now knows that the next byte (a 5
in our case) is the length of AB$ and the next two
number, etc. But many of the characters are valid,
bytes will give it the address where it can find the
recognizable translations of what you put into the
program, and these are the ones we care about. actual characters you designated for AB$. The
address is in standard low byte-high byte order
Use the space bar to scroll another hundred
(LB + 256*HB = decimal address). The computer
or so bytes onto the screen. We're looking for the
end of the BASIC program, represented by three will start at that address, to select a number of
characters equal to the value (5) in that length
consecutive zeros in the center column. It's not
byte, and then go on to do whatever you asked it
hard to find with our REM billboard (line 60) and
to do with the string. The final two bytes of the
neat borders in place. Now look at the first address
cluster are zeros put in to fill the seven-byte
after the three zeros. That's the PEEK 45/46 ad
cluster.
dress (the address produced by PEEK(45) + 256*
That address for the string character can point
PEEK{46) in line 35). Hold the space bar down
to one of two very different areas of memory. If
until that address is near the top of the screen.
the string is assigned in the direct mode, the string
characters themselves are stored at the lop of free
Looking At Variable Storage BASIC RAM. If the string is assigned by the pro
We're now in the area where strings and variables gram, the address points to the place in the pro
are stored. Everything in this area is in seven-byte gram itself where the string values are assigned
clusters, and the program neatly separates those to the variable name. Since the characters must be
clusters for easy viewing. Find the characters A stored as part of the program anyway, your com
and B, followed by five more bytes (the cluster is puter doesn't waste RAM by repeating the char
followed by the character C). This first seven-byte acters in the variable storage area.
cluster is the variable AB. The first two bytes are
the variable name. The next five bytes contain the An Unreadable Name
value we gave to AB, in floating-point arithmetic Continuing our tour with the seven bytes im
notation. Don't worry about how the math works mediately following the AB$ cluster, note that the
for now. Suffice it to say that your decimal value variable name is unreadable. The symbols are a
is neatly tucked away in those five bytes. spade and a vertical bar, next to the 193 and 194.
Note that the next variable, CD, has a similar Subtract 128 from each and you'll find the CHR$
structure. Remember that we gave CD the same values for the A and B in the integer variable AB%.
value as AB, but negative. Take a close look at the When both characters in the name are greater
five bytes following CD, and you'll see that values than 127, your computer knows this is an integer
there are almost identical to the values in the bytes variable, that only the next two bytes need be
following AB, except that the second byte contains looked at to obtain the value of this integer vari
a value which is 128 greater than the correspond able, and that the last three bytes of the cluster
ing byte in AB. {If you subtract 128 from the byte will be filled with zeros.
in CD, you should get the value in the corre Those two value bytes contain a signed binary
sponding byte in AB.) The high-order bit (Bit 7) in number, a different form than we saw with the
that particular byte is used as a sign indicator: 0 floating-point variables. Again, don't worry about
for positive numbers and 1 for negative. Since the details of the math. The more compact method
that bit is on (1) for variable CD, the decimal value of storing integer variables doesn't do much for
of the byte is 128 (27) higher. Your computer ig you until you start using them in arrays. Integer
nores that bit in reconstructing the value of CD, arrays can cut your memory consumption
but uses the bit when the time comes to determine considerably (two bytes vs. five per entry).
the sign of the number. Let's move on to look at arrays in more detail.
Hold down the space bar to pass by some other
String Variables clusters where the variables in this tour program
Press the space bar and look at the next cluster, are stored. We're approaching the special address
110 COMPUTE!S Gazette April 1984
held in PEEK 47/48, which is the beginning of array and its 11 three-byte clusters, each con
array storage. You'll know you're there when you taining the string length byte and the address of
see the borderline and the clearly visible A and B the string characters.
characters in the right column.
The Three-Dimensional Array
How Arrays Are Stored Finally, we reach our sample multidimensional
There are three kinds of arrays, paralleling the array. Things get a bit tricky here, so follow
three normal variable types: floating-point arrays, closely. The definition cluster will now be more
integer arrays, and string arrays. Each can be than seven bytes long. Add two bytes for each
multidimensional, but we'll cover that situation extra dimension. Remember, you can setup two,
last. Your VIC or 64 allows you to use arrays with three, four, or more dimensions of any size if you
up to 11 elements (numbers 0-10) without a have the total memory capacity to handle them.
DIMension statement, but it does not reserve space The number of dimensions for each array set will
for the array until you assign a value to one of the be held in the fifth byte of the definition cluster.
array elements. As soon as you do, it will set up The very next two bytes will hold the number of
an entire 11-element array, even if you only used elements in the Nth dimension (N = number of
one or two elements. Of course, you can DIM for dimensions); the next two will hold the number
more or fewer elements if you wish. (For more of elements in the (N -1 )th dimension, and so on
information on arrays, see "How To Use Arrays" until finally the first dimension is structured.
in the February issue.) Immediately following the definition cluster,
Each one-dimensional array begins with a the array elements will troop by in orderly forma
seven-byte definition cluster followed by the 11 tion. For our sample, which we DIMed as
element clusters (or more or less according to the CDS(3,5,5), the order of the three-byte clusters
DIMension statement). will be: CDS(0,0,0), CD$(l,u,0)....CD$(3,(),()),
The seven-byte cluster will hold the array CD$(0,l,0),CD$(l,l,0)....CD$(3,l,0) etc
name in the first two bytes, following the same until finally reaching CD${3,5,5).
general rules we saw for the simple variables, As you pass through this area, you will see
depending on the type of array. The next two that the clusters for CD${l,0,0) and CD$(2,0,0) are
bytes will contain a link address to the next array occupied. If you count, you'll find that the posiHon
set. The fifth byte tells you (and your computer) for CD$(1,1,1) is also occupied, as we directed.
the number of dimensions in this array. The sixth As with any string, the characters themselves are
and seventh bytes will show the total number of stored elsewhere.
elements in the array set (11 for our un-DIMed If you race on now through the rest of this
examples). These two bytes store the total in re array, you'll cross the PEEK 49/50 border into the
verse high byte-low byte order. area of unused RAM. Don't be surprised if you
The element clusters that follow the definition recognize some of it. You may find remnants here
cluster will each be five bytes long for floating from other programs which have been NEWed,
point arrays, two bytes long for integer arrays, or orCLRed variables.
three bytes each for string arrays. These clusters To end the lour, just hold down the RUN/
contain the same kind of information held in the STOP key and hit the space bar.
corresponding normal variables, but without the
need for trailing zeros or repeated label bytes that The Variable Dump Utility
are needed in variable storage. Now let's try out the promised subroutine. Be
cause it takes all the values stored in a section of
Unused Elements Contain Zeros memory and sends them to an output device, our
Hold down the space bar until the first array, AB, subroutine is called a iluniji utility. Typ° NEW to
nearly fills the screen, See the seven-byte cluster? get rid of the tour program, type in Program 1,
It's followed by five zeros only because Ali(0), the and SAVE it to tape or disk.
first element of this array, has a zero value. The The dump utility has high line numbers be
next five bytes represent the value we gave to cause it is designed as an easy add-on to existing
AB(1). The following sets of zeros represent the programs using the VIC quick append method
remaining unused elements through AB(IO). Use (see COMPUTBI, March 1983). Commodore 64
the spacebar to look ai ihe CD array, then continue owners will find it necessary to abbreviate the
to the AB% integer array. PEEK statements in line 44580 with P SHIFT-E in
Again, a seven-byte definition cluster, fol order for the line to fit within the 64's 80-character
lowed this time by 11 element clusters that are limit.
each two bytes long. The lesson in saving memory Type in a few sample variables in direct mode.
with integer arrays is dramatic. You can reenter the previous sample set if you
Next, note the seven-byte cluster for the ABS like. Again, do not type RUN; enter GOTO 44444
COMPUTE!'* Gazette April 19B4 111
and RETURN. Your variables should be displayed; areas for the new variables. If you don't ever want
the program won't display the arrays until you to see the internal variables, just modify line 44543
press the space bar. Note that the dump utility to read:
doesn't list the contents of multidimensional ar IF PEEK(ZZ) = 90 THEN RETURN
rays. It's not hard to do, just time-consuming.
The routine will simply tell you which multi Tailor The Utility For Your Needs
dimensional arrays have been implemented and You can customize the routine to fit your needs.
what their dimensions and element sizes are. For example, if you don't need the array and in
teger variable features, just delete lines 44465,
Pointer Settings Affect The 44525, and everything from 44700 on. That'll leave
Utility you with a much trimmer 800-byte package that
Now CLR your variables, enter this new tempo will still dump all normal string and floating-point
rary program step, and RUN the program again: variables. If you delete one of the simple variable
subroutines, though, you should also delete the
10 A$= "HELLO": A = 1983: AB$(2> = "HELLO
AGAIN" corresponding array variable type. Crunch out
the REMs and spaces and you'll end up with a
Not much happens, because it ends at line 44443,
tidy utility of well under 600 bytes that'll still fill
the subroutine protector. Type GOTO 44444 to
most needs. Program 2 is this condensed version.
view your variables as before. Now for a surprise—■
To use your dump utility as a debugging tool,
when you type GOTO 44444 and hit RETURN
simply insert STOP statements at desired points
once again, you will see a display of the variables
in your program, type GOTO 44444, analyze vari
used in the dump utility.
able values, and then type CONT to continue to
This happens because, on the first pass
the next break. Add the appropriate printer com
through the routine, line 44444 reads the pointers
mands, and the program will dump to the printer.
before they are changed to make room for the
routine's own internal variables. On the second See program listings on page 161. Qf
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VIC Chip Utility

This month we'll look at a utility that will ad But if you choose the high-memory option, the
just your screen, change the screen and border program automatically relocates into the top page
colors, or reset the VIC chip at the touch of a (256 bytes) of BASIC memory, no matter which
finger. memory expansion cartridge you may be using.
The high-memory version automatically seals
itself off so it is protected from BASIC. And be
cause the program is interrupt-driven, you can
Allocating time on the family TV set can sometimes
leave it running while you're programming, or
be a problem. In many households, nightly TV
even while running your BASIC program. But
programs take precedence over computer use. In
remember, the program will be clobbered if you
fact, I do most of my programming on an old black-
choose the tape cassette buffer option and the
and-white set that sat, unused, in the garage for
cassette drive is used.
years, and use the family set only to check colors,
Type in the program, and SAVE it on tape or
etc. However, the picture on the black-and-white
disk. Heed the usual warning about machine lan
set is way out of adjustment. The screen is shifted
guage programs: One mistyped DATA statement
so far to the right that every line of print is
truncated. can freeze up the VIC, so SAVE the program before
you RUN it. The program will pause a few seconds
The VIC chip has the answer to this problem.
while the BASIC program POKEs the machine
The 6560 Video Interface Chip (for which your
language utility into memory.
VIC was named) is a versatile chip that controls
everything from horizontal and vertical screen The Starting Address Is
adjustments to color generation, sound, volume,
and more. The VIC chip registers are located at Displayed
addresses 36864 to 36879. The program initially displays a brief page of in
Some aberrations in your TV set can be cor structions. At the top of the screen you'll see the
rected by simply POKEing various locations on starting address. To start the program, SYSrtHfitt
the VIC chip. But this can be time-consuming where nnnn is the number displayed on the in
because every time the VIC is turned off or on, struction page. The program can be stopped by
reset, or RUN/STOP—RESTOREd, the VIC chip pressing the RUN/STOP—RESTORE combina
is reset, and the registers have to be rePOKEd. tion. Below is a chart showing the various keys,
and how they control the program:
One-Finger Adjustments
To solve this problem, 1 designed a "VIC Chip Function After Typing After Typing After Typing
Utility." With this machine language program Keys S C

and one finger, you can adjust the TV horizontally fl move screen inc. screen/
or vertically, or change the screen/border color up border by 1

combinations. You can also reset the VIC chip to (3 move screen dec. screen/
VIC
down border by 1
its original settings. chip
f5 inc. screen/
The program is also relocatable. This means move screen
reset
right border by ] 0
that it can be placed in the cassette buffer or in
f7 move screen dec. screen/
high memory at the top of BASIC RAM. If you left border by 10
select the cassette buffer option, the program
inc. = increment
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COMPUTEI's Gazette April 1984 113


The speed of the screen and border color changes As you can see, the program displays a message
can be controlled by POKEing memory location on the screen and then scrolls down until it is out
251. POKEing a value of 1 causes the color combi of sight. While it is at the bottom, the screen is
nations to change the fastest. Values between 2 cleared, a new message is displayed, and the
and 255 will slow (hem down; the higher the screen is scrolled up again. You can use this tech
number, the slower the changes. The program nique to display any messages you wish to on the
automatically defaults to a 0, the slowest value. screen.
For you machine language programmers, memory
location 251 ($FB) is READ only once by the VTC VIC Chip Utility
Chip Utility, so this valuable zero page space is
still available to you. 59000 POKE251,0sPRINT"{cLR} (DOWNLOAD IN
{SPACEjCASSETTE" ;rem 227
After the program has been run and the
59010 PRINT"[RVS3b{OFF]UPFER?" irem 109
machine language program POKEd into memory, 59020 PRINT"{DOWN}LOAD IN {RVS}H{OPP1IGH
you may NEW the BASIC program—it's not {SPACEJMEMORY?" :rem 117
needed. The utility can be used as a programming 59030 PRINT"{2 DOWN}PRESS (RVS}B{OFF} OR
{SPACE}(RVS)HtOFF)" :rem 244
aid. To find the best visual display, experiment
59040 GETAS;IFA$=""THEN 59040 :rem 39
with the screen and border color combinations. 59050 IFA$="B"THEN NN=828:GOSUB60005:GOTO
When you see a color combination you like, type 60100 irem 131
PRINT PEEK(36879). This will display the current 59060 IFA$="H"THEN POKE56,(PEEK(56)-l)sCL
color combination"value. You may use these color R:GOSU862010!GOSUB60005:GOTO63000
:rem 53
combinations in your BASIC programs by POKE 59070 GOTO 59000 :rem 60
ing 36879 with the same number. 60005 FORA=NNTONN+192:READB:POKEA,B:NEXTt
RETURN j rem 69
Screen Adjustment Locations 60010 DATA120,169,73,141,20,3,169,3,141,2
1,3,88,96,165,197,201,39,20B,3,206,
The registers (memory locations) that control the
1,144 :rem 190
vertical and horizontal screen adjustments are
60015 DATA 201,47 irem 64
36865 (vertical) and 36864 (horizontal). The utility 60020 DATA208,3,238,1,144,201,55,208,10,1
simply POKEs various values from 0 to 255 here 74,0,144,224,17,240,3,238,0,144,201
to move the screen. You can use these same mem ,63,208,10 srem 145
60030 DATA174,0,144,224,0,240,3,206,0,144
ory locations to simulate a scrolling effect. Enter
,201,34,208,3,32,134,3,201,8,208,3,
and run this following short BASIC program 32,237,3,76 :rem 186
which will scroll the screen in all four directions: 60040 DATA191,234,120,169,147,141,20,3,16
10 FORA=25TO140:POKE36865,A:NEXTA irem 1 9,3,141,21,3,88,96,165,197,201,39,2
20 FORA=140TO25STEP-1:POKE36865,A:NEXTA 08,6,32,222 :rem 239
srem 156 60050 DATA3,238,15,144,201,47,208,6,32,22
30 F0RA=5TO55:POKE36864,A:NEXTA :rem 165 2,3,206,15,144,201,55,208,12,32,222

40 FORA=55TO5STEP-l!POKE36864,A:NEXTA ,3,24 :rem 161


:rem 64 60055 DATA 173,15 :rem 71
Notice that while the screen scrolls up and 60060 DATA144,105,10,141,15,144,165,197,2
01,63,208,12,32,22 2,3,56,173,15,144
down, the screen format remains normal. How ,233,10,141 :rem 207
ever, when the screen scrolls right and left, it be 60070 DATA15,144,165,197,201,41,208,3,32,
gins to distort. This is normal for the VIC chip; 60,3,201,8,208,3,32,237,3,76,191,23
it's not something wrong with your computer. 4,162,0,160 :rem 215
600S0 DATA0,232,224,25 5,208,251,200,196,2
To see how you can produce interesting ef
51,208,246,96,169,5,141,0,144,169,2
fects in your BASIC program by scrolling up and
5,141,1,144 :rem 235
down, enter the following short BASIC program: 60090 DATA169,27,141,15,144,96 irem 2
5 PRINT"(CLR)SCROLLING DOWN NOW" :rem 114 60100 PRINT"{CLR](DOWN)TO START SYS";NN
6 PRINT"{DOWN}SEE YOU LATER1"sGOSUB 100 :rem 115
:rem 214 60110 PRINT"(DOWN]TO STOP PRESS" :rem 80
10 FORA=25TO140:POKE36865,A:NEXTA : rein 1 60120 PRINT"RUN/STOP-RESTORE" :rem 133
20 PRINT"{CLR]SCROLLING UP NOW" trem 12 60130 PRINT"{DOWNlTO CHANGE COLORS"
:rem 247
25 PRINT"{DOWN}HELLO1" :rem 222
30 FORA=140TO25STEP-1:POKE36865,A:NEXTA:G 60140 PRINT"PRESS ";CHR${34);"C";CHR$(34)
OSUB 100 srem 232 srem 3
40 PRINT"{CLRjSCROLLING RIGHT" :rem 243 60150 PRINT"tDOWN]TO ADJUST SCREEN"
trera 12
50 PRINT"(DOWN}BYE NOW I":GOSUB100!rem 135
60 FORA=5TO55:POKE 36864,A:NEXT :rem 103 60160 PRINT"PRESS ";CHR3(34);"S";CHRS(34)
70 PRIHT"{CLR}SCROLLING LEFT" :rem 163 :rem 21
80 PRINT"{DOWN}HELLO":GOSUB 100 :rem 9 60170 PRINT"[DOWN}CONTROL WITH F KEYS"
90 FORA=55TO5STEP-1:POKE36864,A:NEXT:GOSU :rem 191
60180 PRINT"{DOWN}TO RESET VIC CHIP"
B 100:END trem 96
;rem 13
100 FORT=1TO1000:NEXTT:RETURN :rem 133
114 COMPUTE'S Gazette Apnl!984
60190 PRINT-PRESS "; CHR$ ( 34 );"■♦"; CHR$ ( 34
) :rem 36
60200 END :rem 207
62010 NN=(PEEK(51)+256*PEEK(52)):RETURN
:rem 232
63000 N0=NN:GOSUB 6 3510:POKENN+150,PI:POK
ENN+151.P2 :rem 16
63002

63004
NO=NN+74:GOSUB
OKENN+63,P2
NO=NN+162:GOSUB
63510:POKENN+62,PI:P

63510:POKENN+94,PI:
trem 76 CASSETTES
POKENN+95.P2 rem 134
63006 POKENN+104,PI:POKENN+105,P2 POKENN+
114,P1:POKENN-I-115,P2 rem 147 COMPUTER GRADE
63008 POKENN+132,PI:POKENN+133,P2 rem 175
63010 NO=NN+177:GOSUB 63510:POKENN+157,PI
DATA TRAC
63015
tPOKENN+158,P2
KO=NN+177:G0SUB
rem 233
63510:POKENN+69,PI:
BLANK CASSETTES
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Talking To A Disk
Because several people have asked for information identified from REM statements, internal text,
on disk communication, we'll interrupt our con and the like.
struction of an all machine language game and Program 1 is a disassembly of the 64 version.
create a useful utility program this month. It will The VIC version is identical except that the pro
illustrate how to get information directly from a gram resides in the VIC from address 12288 (in
disk to a machine language program. stead of 49152) on up. Let's look at it step by step.
After you've had a disk drive for a few First we load the X register with the number
months, some of your disks are bound to get 1 to signify the file number. Then JSR (Jump to
crowded. You'll have backup disks, old disks SubRoutine) within the computer's ROM memory
you've retired for one reason or another, and disks at address 65478 which performs all the steps
you haven't used for a while. Housekeeping is necessary to prepare a file to be read by the
called for. computer.
From time to time you'll want to go through Next, we throw away the first six bytes in the
your entire disk collection, eliminating duplicated file. We don't want them. This could be called a
programs (unless they're deliberate backups) and "suction" routine because, like a vacuum cleaner,
scratching unwanted, revised, or unfinished pro it pulls bytes out and then discards them. The
grams. This cleans up your collection and makes first two bytes it gets from the disk point to the
it less likely that you'll need to waste time later disk location of the next data block in the opened
when looking for a particular program. You put file. The disk drive needs this information, but we
all your utility programs on one disk, all the games don't. Moving from block to block will be handled
on another, and generally organize things. What's automatically for us by the intelligence within the
left after this housekeeping is the best version of drive. The next two bytes are a pointer to the next
everything, logically arranged. line number in a BASIC program on disk. The
following two bytes are the current line number.
A Disturbance In Light We're not going to be listing line numbers—that
But this cleanup can be a tedious process if you would make the program more complicated—so
have to LOAD and LIST each program in a large we can ignore all of this information.
collection. Tedious and treacherous: You might We step down through six DEX instructions,
get so distracted that you scratch something valu JSRing each time to 65487, the routine which
able. The "Slist" program we'll write this month fetches a byte. It's essentially the same thing as
can make this job easier. It will quickly show a GET#. Each time we JSR to 65487, the accumulator
partial listing of programs from a disk, but, unlike register holds the value of the next byte on the
an ordinary list, the program won't be loading. disk. But we just ignore each byte and fetch the
No memory is affected. The program doesn't enter next one.
the computer except to slide across the screen At address 49165 we start our main loop by
and then evaporate as the photons scatter off the once again jumping to the get-a-byte subroutine.
top of the TV. It's information in its purest form— Before working with the byte in the accumulator,
just a disturbance in light. we first test for the end of a program. We load the
To keep the ML simple, no BASIC keywords number from address 144 into the Y register. ST,
will be listed on screen, but programs are easily the current input-output status variable, is always
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being updated in address 144. If it isn't zero (BNE, OPEN 1,8,3/'NAME"
Branch Not Equal to zero), the program is forced
And then SYS 49152 (64) or SYS 12288 (VIC).
down to 49200 which JSR's to the routine in BASIC
You'll see whatever program you gave as NAME
that stops communication. And we then RTS back
come rapidly slisting down your screen. To see
to BASIC. A reading error or an end-of-program
another, just replace NAME and SYS again.
signal from the disk will flip ST out of its zero
state.
If we don't get sent down to this RTS back to
Program 1: vie And 64 sust
BASIC, however, we've found a byte that's part
49152 LPX * 1
of the program or file we want to see on screen.
49154 JSP 65478

An Undisturbed Accumulator
Remove Disk Data
Up in line 49165, we handed a byte to the ac
49157 LDX # 6
cumulator from the disk. It's still in there. Nothing 49159 JSR 65487
we've done has disturbed the accumulator. In 49162 DEX
line 49172, we CoMPare the accumulator to 0. 49163 BNF 49159
Since each BASIC line ends with a true 0 (the
Main Loop
number zero is stored as a 48 in memory and on
49165 JSR 65487
disk), we can signify this Lvnd-of-line on the screen
49168 LnY 144
by printing a carriage return when a zero comes 49170 BNE 49200
in from the disk. 49172 CMP # 0
If it is a 0, we BEQ (Branch if EQual) to the 49174 BEO 49190

little subroutine at 49190 which does two things. 49176 CMP # 32


4917R BCC 49165
First, it prints a 13 to the screen, which has the
49180 CMP # 128
effect of causing the cursor to move down one
49182 BCS 49165
line (carriage return). The BASIC routine at 65490 49184 JSR 65490
will put whatever is in the accumulator on the 49187 JMP > 49165
screen, even nonprinting characters like 13. Sec
Remove Line # And Lin
ond, we load the X register with 3 and jump up to
49190 LDA # 13
the suction routine to get rid of the two-byte line
49192 JSR 65490
link and the two-byte line number.
49195 LDX # 3
It's a two-edged sword that the BASIC PRINT 49197 JMP — > 49159
routine will send whatever il gets to the screen.
Close Channels
There are some nonprinting characters (delete,
cursor movements, colors, uppercase shift) that 49200 JSR 65484
49203 RTS
would play havoc with our listing. To eliminate
them, we've got to perform two more compares—
throwing out any character coming in from the See program listings on page 142.
disk which is below 32 or above 128. Lines 49176-
49182 do just that. If below 32, BCC (Branch Carry
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Turn your keyboard into a "Numeric You could type in numbers much faster and with
Keypad" for more efficient numeric input. fewer errors if the VIC-20 and Commodore 64
The program lets you toggle to standard had a numeric keypad. This program offers this
keyboard or numeric keypad. Written for the handy feature by redefining a set of keys to repre
64, we've added a version for the VIC. sent numbers instead of letters.

VIC Notes On Numeric Keypad


Kevin Martin, Editorial Programmer

The VIC version of "Numeric Keypad" oper storing them in memory, and pushing them
ates the same way as the 64 version, but uses back.
an entirely different technique. Then, it pushes the high and low bytes
Program 2 is a BASIC loader which of the new return from the interrupt address,
POKEs machine language to the top of BASIC the processor status byte, and the A, X, and
and then executes a SYS to start the interrupt. Y registers to the stack. It then jumps to the
There is one major operating difference from normal interrupt routine. We push those
the 64 version: Instead of using CTRL-N to bytes so that after it executes the RTI in the
start, it uses CTRL" . interrupt routine it will return to the interrupt
The 64 version POKEs BASIC and the instead of the main routine.
Kernal ROM into RAM and then modifies It then loads the keypress value in 197 to
the Kemal. This luxury isn't available on the determine if the back arrow is being pressed.
VIC, but there is a way around it. The If it is, bit 2 of address 653 is checked to see if
hardware interrupt can be used to change the CTRL key is being pressed. If it is, we
the characters stored in the keyboard buffer jump lo the routine to see if there is a value
to different values. for any of the U, I, O, J, K, L, or M keys in
To use this program with another, first the keyboard queue. If there is a value for
LOAD and RUN. Since it resets the top of any of these, they are changed to either a 4,
BASIC pointers, be sure your program 5, 6,1, 2, 3, orO, respectively. We then jump
doesn't reset them. If it docs. Numeric to the ending routine.
Keypad will not function correctly. If either the back arrow or the CTRL key
is not pressed, we jump to a routine to deter
mine if the flag at 251 is set. If that flag is set,
Technical Modifications we go to the routine to change the characters
The more technically inclined might be inter in the keyboard queue. If the flag is not set,
ested in a few tricks used in the VIC version. we jump to the ending routine, which pulls
The program uses the interrupt by pulling the A, X, and Y registers off the stack and
the A, X, and Y registers from the stack. executes an RTI to get back into the program.

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Here comes the new generation of SM's
When you run "Numeric Keypad," your
computer will behave normally until CTRL-N is
pressed. The cursor will disappear until you press
another key. Then the M, J, K, L, U, 1, and O keys
will be 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. By using these along
with the numeric keys 7, 8, and 9, you have a program series for the 64.

^11 TEXT64
numeric keypad. Pressing CTRL-N again toggles
the keyboard back into its normal mode (again
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very small ones, so they won't interfere with the


normal identification of the keys. (Transfer letters
and numbers are available at art supply stores.)

Use Numeric Keypad In A


Program
You also can activate and deactivate the numeric
keypad from a program, in anticipation of numeric
or nonnumeric input, by POKEing location 50216
with 255 or 0 respectively. The user can always
override this with CTRL-N. (CTRL-N is never
passed to the program, but serves only the toggle
function.) Just don't POKE any value other than 0
or 255, as that would prevent you from toggling
with CTRL-N.
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If you prefer that the keypad start out activated,
change the next-to-last DATA item in line 520 from
0 to 255.

Redefining The Keys


program series for the 64.
To redefine the 64 keys, we transfer the Kernal

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Lines 10 and 20 transfer the BASIC interpreter
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addresses, so we can modify them. The Commodore
64 Programmer's Reference Guide, page 261, states
that turning off bit 1 in location 1 switches only
the Kernal addresses to RAM; actually it affects
both the Kernal and BASIC address ranges.
Line 25 merely signals that the transfer is
complete (it takes about a minute).

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Line 30 sets up the routine which intercepts
keyboard characters. It is put at the end of the
routine that pulls a character from the keyboard
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Finally, line 40 activates the modified Kernal
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keys. program series for the 64.

A Color Memory Bonus


A couple of bonuses have been included in lines This index -sequential file manager gives you a new dimension
31 and 32. Line 31 changes the portion of the on direct access files. Up 10 40 keys, various length lor each
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Kernal on newer 64s that puts the background some time by this sophisticated module. How could your
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POKEing 1000 locations as suggested there
takes a few seconds—not something to do for
every PRINT of a screen clear.

Choose A Color
In the normal mode, printed characters will be
light blue on a dark blue background, while
POKEd characters wili be white. Change the
POKE to location 58587 in line 31 to some other
number if you would like a color different from
white for POKEd screen characters. Of course, if
you have an older 64 which does not clear color
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memory to the background color, leave out this
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Line 32 eliminates the printing of a question
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'J!llKtT64
100 INPUT "TITLE:";T$

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COMPUTEI's Gazelle April 1984 133


Quick Fix
For Color RAM
A Fast And Easy Way
To Avoid Invisible Characters'
On The Commodore 64
David Gross

A previous article, "Commodore 64 Video Up


date" (July 1983), discussed an internal change
by Commodore to the 64's operating system.
Late-model 64s do not automatically fill color
memory with white, so characters POKEd di
rectly into screen memory merge with the back
ground color and are "invisible." This article
presents a quick, simple solution.

"Commodore 64 Video Update" in the premier


issue of COMPUTED GAZETTE mentions that, when
the screen is cleared, late-model Commodore 64s
fill color memory with the screen background
color. This renders all characters that are POKEd
(not PRINTed) onto the screen "invisible," be
cause they are the same color as the screen. Early-
This starfield, POKEd directly into screen memory, will
model 64s filled color memory with a contrasting appear on both older- and late-model 64s because of a quick-fill
color (white) when the screen was cleared. method for color memory.
The earlier article suggested an easy one-line
programming solution: a FOR-NEXT loop to
into memory address 53281. Next, print a CLR/
POKE the appropriate color code (such as 1 for
HOME character or CHR$(147). Last, reset the
white) into color memory. The line looks like this:
screen to the background color you want. Do not
FOR X = 1 TO 1000: POKE 55295 + X,li NEXT clear the screen a second time! Color memory will be
It works fine, but takes about ten seconds to exe set to give POKEd characters the first screen color
cute. Luckily, there is an even easier and much that you used. That's because whenever you
faster way. clear the screen, the new 64s automatically fill color
memory with the color code found at 53281.
Let The 64 Fill Color RAM For example, suppose that you want to create
First, simply set the screen to the color you want a random starfield, white on black. The answer is
the characters to be by POKEing the color code the program below. It places 100 white stars at
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NEWS&
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both computers; the Cardboard mailing list processor for the 64,
Interfaces, 6 Expansion Interface and the and printer utility programs for
Light Pen, Cardboard 3s Expansion Inter both computers.
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Cardco, Inc., of Wichita, Kansas, for the VIC-20; the Cardette 1
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Included are Printer Interface, a Numeric Keypad for both com
Centronics parallel printer inter puters; and the Cardriter 1 Light Synthesizer
face with graphics for both the Pen for both the VIC and the 64.
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Prtichool Educational Prosrami ABC Fun and
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1520 Color Printer/Plotter S169.00
M-801 Dot Matrix/Parallel $219.00
1530 Dataaette S69.00
1541 Single Disk Drive S249.00
1600 VIC Modem S59.00
1 610 VIC Term 40 S49.00
1 650 AD/AA Modem $89.00 MSD
1702 14" Color Monitor $249.00 SD-1 Disk Drive (C-64)...$349.00
PRINTERS
1311 Joystick (each) S4.99 CARDCO. Epson CALL
1312 Paddles $11.99 Light Pon $32.00 Okidata CALL
1110 VIC 8K $42.00 3Slo! VIC Eipans. Int ...S32.OO Star Gominl 10X $299.00
6 Slot Eipans. Int £79.00 Star Gemini Delta 10.. ..$559.00
1111 VIC 1 6K $69.00
Cassette Interlace $29.00 Smith Corona TP-2 $399.00
1011 RS-232 Interface $42.00 Parallel Printer Interlace... $49.00 C.ltoh ProwriterflSI OP ... $379.00
1211 Super Expander $53.00 Pa ra lie 11 nte rface w/Gra ph ics.. S69.00 C.ltoh Gorilla S209.00

SOFTWARE
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| CBM 03 Roiomnco Guide ...SI0.00 VIC 20 CASSETTES
C-64 CASSETTES C64/VIC 10 Cartridges
C-04 OISKS
Home Inventory SI I .00 ConllDeda . .S37.98 Soelling Quo-
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C-aa CARTRIDGES Math Drill SBOO
EBSyMail S19.0O Oonkey Kong $37.99
Trashman S2B.O0 Portlolio Manager.... SI 6.00
EasyScript S39.0O □ ig Dug S37-99
C 64 DISKS DaiaManagor SI 6.00
Word/Name Machine S19.00 Defender S37.99
Home Inventory $11.00 VIC 20 DISKS
EasySDell SI 9.00
Household Finance.... £23.00 Robotron $37.99 General Ledger S69.O0
accounts Receivable $39.00
VIC 20 CASSETTES Siargate $37.93 Mailing List Manager S35 00
Accounts Payable $39.00 Horn? Inventory $12.00 HE3 Inventory Package See.00
General Ledgur J39.00 Household Finance S14.00 VIC 20 CARTRIDGES Payroll S69.O0
Assembler 119.00 VIC Forth $32.00
VIC 20 CARTRIDGES Data Base S49.00
Looo S39.O0 Altro Blrlz $21.00 HES Mon $29.00
C-64 CASSETTES
Pilot S39.00 HES Writer $29.00
Black Hole S32.O0 Black Boi SI 2.00
Pel Emulator SI9.00 Aggressor $20.00
Trashman $21 .00 Color Sketch S20.00
! Scrcon Editor SI 9.00 Chapllflor $21.00 Synlhesound S2I .00
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Music Machine SIS.00 Shamufl..... S29.0O
C-64 DISKS
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Mailing List Manager $45.00
VIC 20 CARTRIDGES S DISKS C-64 DISK Turtle Graphics $29.00
Inventory Package $79.00
I GortekStheMicroChips(C)...S19.00 Codewriter $75.00 C-64 CARTRIDGES
HES Mon S2B.0O General Lodger $79.00
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Payroll $79.00
Supoi Alien (H) $14.00 EPYX HES Writer „ $35.00
NUI-I. HOP Data Baso $03.00
Jupiter Lander (in S14.00 VIC 20 CASSETTES
VIC 20 CASSETTES CalcResult SI 39.00
It i.l..r li.ii ■(., ■ III} SI 4.00 Ricochet $32.00
Allan Panic $10.00 Black Boi $16.00
Count Adventure |R| ill.00 Sword ol Furgoal $24.00
Race Fun-Drag Has* $16.00 Color Sketch $22.00
Pinball Spectacular (R) II 9.00 Hescu» st Rlgel S 24.00
Match M.iin $20.00
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Allen Bllti $30.00 QUANTUM Annihilation $16.00
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Blue Sky 64 Statistics (D) $29
Creatw HouKhoW Finance [C) $19 Blue Sky Super Bas* (D) $29
Creative Home Inventory (Dl $13 CHALKBOARD TOlVtHPAl) $79
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BACKUP V1.0 WILL WORK WITH A STANDARD 5K
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UNEXPANDED VIC, MEMORY EXPANSION IS REQUIRED
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labeled on Figure 1: Keyboard Map, page 48. CRSR i or

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0101 SUITE C
right. CRSR Up moves to the previous sentence; greenback lane
HANDLING citrus heights, caswio
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visa. mastercard, and money orders
page 52, is missing CTRL- = which returns the ca residents add 6% sales tax.

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134 COMPUTE!'! Gazelle April 1934


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136 COMPUTE'S Gazelle Aprill984


A Beginner's Guide
To Typing In Programs

What Is A Program? to turn off your computer, then turn it back on.
This will erase whatever program was in memory,
A computer cannot perform any task by itself.
so always SAVE a copy ofyour program before you RUN
Like a car without gas, a computer has potential,
it. If your computer crashes, you cad LOAD the
but without a program, it isn't going anywhere.
program and look for your mistake.
Most of the programs published in COMPUTED
Sometimes a mistyped DATA statement will
GAZETTE for Commodore are written in a computer
cause an error message when the program is RUN.
language called BASIC. BASIC is easy to learn
The error message may refer to the program line
and is built into all VIC-2()s and Commodore 64s.
that READs the data. The error is still in the DATA
BASIC Programs statements, though.
Each month, COMPUTE!'* GAZETTE for Commodore Get To Know Your Machine
publishes programs for both the VIC and 64. To
You should familiarize yourself with your com
start out, type in only programs written for your
puter before attempting to type in a program.
machine, e.g., "VIC Version" if you have a VIC-20.
Learn the statements you use to store and retrieve
Later, when you gain experience with your com
programs from tape or disk. You'll want to save a
puter's BASIC, you can try typing in and converting
copy of your program, so that you won't have to
certain programs fronvanother computer to yours.
type it in every time you want to use it. Learn to
Computers can be picky. Unlike the English
use your machine's editing functions. How do
language, which is full of ambiguities, BASIC usu
you change a line if you made a mistake? You can
ally has only one "right way" of stating something.
always retype the line, but you at least need to
Every letter, character, or number is significant. A
know how to backspace. Do you know how to
common mistake is substituting a letter such as
enter inverse video, lowercase, and control char
O for the numeral 0, a lowercase 1 for the numeral
acters? It's all explained in your computer's
1, or an uppercase B for the numeral 8. Also, you
manuals.
must enter all punctuation such as colons and
commas just as they appear in the magazine.
A Quick Review
Spacing can be important. To be safe, type in the
1. Type in the program a line at a time, in order.
listings exactly/ as they appear.
Press RETURN at the end of each line. Use back
Braces And Special Characters space or the back arrow to correct mistakes.

The exception to this typing rule is when you see 2. Check the line you've typed against the line in
the braces, such as "{DOWN}". Anything within the magazine. You can check the entire program
a set of braces is a special character or characters again if you get an error when you RUN the
that cannot easily be listed on a printer. When program.

you come across such a special statement, refer 3. Make sure you've entered statements in braces
to "How To Type In COMPUTE!'* GAZETTE as the appropriate control key {see "How To Type
Programs." COMPUTEI's GAZETTE Programs" elsewhere in
the magazine).
About DATA Statements
Some programs contain a section or sections of We regret that we are not able to respond to individual
DATA statements. These lines provide information inquiries about programs, products, or services appear
needed by the program. Some DATA statements ing in COMPUTE!';; GAZETTE for Commodore due to
contain actual programs (called machine language); increasing publication activity. On those infrequent
others contain graphics codes. Those lines are espe occasions when a published program contains a typo,
cially sensitive to errors. the correction will appear in the magazine, usually
If a single number in any one DATA statement within eight weeks. If you have specific questions about
is mistyped, your machine could "lock up," or items or programs which you've seen in computers
"crash." The keyboard and STOP key may seem GAZETTE for Commodore, please send them to Gazette
Feedback, P.O. Box5406, Greensboro, NC27403.
"dead," and the screen may go blank. Don't panic
- no damage is done. To regain control, you have
COMPUTEIS Gazelle April 1984 137
How To Type In
COMPUTE! 's GAZETTE Programs
Many of the programs which are listed in COM- the CTRL key while typing the letter in the braces.
PUTEI's GAZETTE contain special control characters For example, {A) would indicate that you should
(cursor control, color keys, inverse video, etc.). press CTRL-A. You should never have to enter
To make it easy lo know exactly what to type when such a character on the VIC-20, but if you do, you
entering one of these programs into your com would have to leave the quote mode (press RE
puter, we have established the following listing TURN and cursor back up to the position where
conventions. the control character should go), press CTRL-9
Generally, any VIC-20 or Commodore 64 (RVS ON), the letter in braces, and then CTRL-0
program listings will contain words within braces (RVSOFF).
which spell out any special characters: {DOWN) About the quote mode: You know that you can
would mean to press the cursor down key. {5 move the cursor around the screen with the CRSR
SPACES) would mean to press the space bar five keys. Sometimes a programmer will want to move
times. the cursor under program control. That's why
To indicate that a key should be shifted (hold you see all the {LEFTJ's, {HOMEJ's, and
down the SHIFT key while pressing the other (BLU)'s in our programs. The only way the com
key), the key would be underlined in our listings, puter can tell the difference between direct and
For example, S would mean to type the S key programmed cursor control is the quote mode.
while holding the shift key. This would appear Once you press the quote (the double quote,
on your screen as a "heart" symbol. If you find SH1FT-2), you are in the quote mode. If you type
an underlined key enclosed in braces (e.g., {10 something and then try to change it by moving
N }), you should type the key as many times as the cursor left, you'll only get a bunch of reverse-
indicated (in our example, you would enter ten video lines. These are the symbols for cursor left.
shifted N's). The only editing key that isn't programmable is
If a key is enclosed in special brackets, k^, the DEL key; you can still use DEL to back up and
you should hold down the Commodore key while edit the line. Once you type another quote, you
pressing the key inside the special brackets. (The are out of quote mode.
Commodore key is the key in the lower left corner You also go into quote mode when you IN-
of the keyboard.) Again, if the key is preceded by SerT spaces into a line. In any case, the easiest
a number, you should press the key as many times way to get out of quote mode is to just press RE
as necessary. TURN. You'll then be out of quote mode and you
Rarely, you'll see a solitary letter of the al can cursor up to the mistyped line and fix it.
phabet enclosed in braces. These characters can Use the following table when entering cursor
be entered on the Commodore 64 by holding down and color control keys:

When You Read: Press: See: When You Read: Press: See: When You Read: Press: See:

(CLR) 178
■ ■
I HOME)
■ ■

(up)
iDOWN]

(LEFT)

fRIGHT)

(RVS] (F5J

I OFF] tP6l

(BLK) [F7J

(WHT} (F8)

Ired!

138 COMPUTEIS Gazette April! 984


The Automatic Proofreader
"The Automatic Proofreader" will help you type in program the Proofreader by pressing RUN/STOP-RESTORE (hold
listings from COMPUTER'S Gazette without typing mistakes. It down the RUN/STOP key and sharply hit the RESTORE
is a short error-checking program that hides itself in memory. key). This procedure is not necessary for disk SAVEs, but i/ou
When activated, it Sets you know immediately after typing a must disable the Proofreader this uuiy before a tape SAVE.
SAVE to tape erases the Proofreader from memory, so
line from a program listing if you have made a mistake.
Please read these instructions carefully before typing any you'll have to LOAD and RUN it again if you want to type
programs in COMPUTE!1* Gazette. another listing. SAVE to disk does nut erase the Proofreader.

Preparing The Proofreader Replace Original Proofreader


1. Using the listing below, type in the Proofreader. The It you typed in the original version of the Proofreader (Oc
same program works on both the VlC-20 and Commodore tober 1983 issue), you should replace it with the improved
64. Be very careful when entering the DATA statements — version below. We added a POKE to the original version to
don't type an linstcad of a 1, an O instead of a 0, extra protect it from being erased when you LOAD another pro
gram from tape. The POKE does protect the Proofreader,
commas, etc.
2. SAVE the Proofreader on tape or disk .it least twice and the Proofreader itself was not affected. However, a
before running if for thefirst time. This is very important because quirk in the VIC-20's operating system means that programs
the Proofreader erases this part of itself when you first type typed in with the Proofreader and SAVEd on tape cannot be
RUN. LOADed properly Inter. If you LOAD a program SAVlid
3. After the Proofreader is SAVEd, type RUN. It will while the Proofreader was in memory, you see ?LOAD
check itself for typing errors in the DATA statements and ERROR. This applies only to VIC tape SAVEs (disk SAVEs
warn you if there's a mistake. Correct any errors and SAVE work OK, and the quirk was fixed in the Commodore 64).
the corrected version. Keep a copy in a safe place — you'll If you have a program typed in with the original Proof
need it again and again, every time you enter a program reader and SAVEd on tape, follow this special LOAD
from COMPUTED Gazelle. procedure:
4. When a correct version of the Proofreader is RUN, it 1. Turn the power off, then on.
activates itself. You are now ready to enter a program listing. 2. LOAD the program from tape (disregard the ?LOAD
If you press RUN/STOP-RESTORE, the Proofreader is dis ERROR).
abled. To reactivate it, just type the command SY5 886 and 3. Enter: POKE 45,PEEK(174):POKE46,PEEK{175):CLR
press RETURN. 4. ReSAVE the program to tape.
The program will LOAD fine in the future. We strongly
Using The Proofreader recommend that you type in the new version of the Proof
All VIC and 64 listings in COMPUTERS fJazeltc now have a reader and discard the old one.
checksum number appended to the end of each line, for example
":rem 123". Don't enter this statement when typing in a program.
It is just for your information. The rem makes the number Automatic Proofreader For VIC And 64
harmless if someone does type it in. It will, however, use up
memory if you enter it, and it will confuse the Proofreader, 100 PRINT" (CLRJ PLEASE WAIT-..'": FORI=886TO
even if you entered the rest of the tine correctly. 1019:READA:CK=CK+A:POKEI,A:NEXT
When you type in a line from a program listing and 110 IF CKO17539 THEN PRINT" [ DOWN] YOU MAD
press RETURN, the Proofreader displays a number at Ihe E AN ERROR":PRINT"IN DATA STATEMENTS.
top of your screen. This checksum number must match the " l END
checksum number in the printed listing. If it doesn't, it means 120 SYS8S6:PRINT"{CLR]{2 DOWNJPROOFREADER
ACTIVATED."iNEW
you typed the line differently than the way it is listed. Im
886 DATA 173,036,003,201,150,20B
mediately recheck your typing. Remember, don't type the
892 DATA 001,096,141,151,003,173
rem statement with the checksum number; it is published 898 DATA 037,003,141,152,003,169
only so you can check it against Ihe number which appears 904 DATA 150,141,036,003,169,003
on your screen. 910 DATA 141,037,003,169,000,133
The Proofreader is not picky with spaces. It will not 916 DATA 2S4,096,032,087,241,133
notice extra spaces or missing ones. This is for your conven 922 DATA 251,134,252,132,253,008
ience, since spacing is generally not important. But occasion 928 DATA 201,013,240,017,201,032
ally proper spacing is important, so be extra careful with 934 DATA 240,005,324,101,254,133
spaces, since the Proofreader will catch practically everything 940 DATA 254,165,251,166,252,164
else that can go wrong. 946 DATA 253,040,096,169,013,032
952 DATA 210,255,165,214,141,251
There's another thing to watch out for: if you enter the
956 DATA 003,206,251,003,169,000
line by using abbreviations for commands, the checksum
964 DATA 133,216,169,019,032,210
will not match up. But there is a way to make the Proofreader
970 DATA 255,169,018,032,210,255
check it. After entering the line, LIST it. This eliminates the
976 DATA 169,058,032,210,255,166
abbreviations. Then move the cursor up to the line and press 982 DATA 254,169,000,133,254,172
RETURN. It should now match the checksum. You can check 988 DATA 151,003,192,087,208,006
whole groups of lines this way. 994 DATA 032,205,1B9,076,235,003
1000 DATA 032,205,221,169,032,032
Special Tape SAVE Instructions 1006 DATA 210,255,032,210,255,173
When you're done typing a listing, you must disable the 1012 DATA 251,003,133,214,076,173
Proofreader before SAVEing the program on tape. Disable 1018 DATA 003

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= "(BLU] [RVS! {4
POKE36S78,15:Fl-36876
SPACES]1' : rem 244
:rem 99

Corner 170 PRINT "{3 DOWN]{GRNjPRESS Fl TO START


:rem 29
(Article on page 86.) 180 GET E$:IF ES<>"[F1}" THEN 180 :rem 31
190 PRINT "(CLR}"; :rem 57
210 FOR I=1TO2:FOR J=1TO4 :rem 182
BEFORE TYPING... 220 PRINT TftB(2);A$TB$;AS;B$:NEXT J
Before typing in programs, please refer to "How :rem 192
To Type COMFUTEI's Gazette Programs," "A 230 FOR J=1TO4:PRINT TAB(2);B$;A$;B$;A?:N
Beginner's Guide To Typing In Programs," and EXT J,I :rem 230
"The Automatic Proofreader" that appear before 240 FOR I=1TO16:POKE P(l),I:NEXT :rem 127
the Program Listings. 250 PRINT "[BLK}(2 SPACES]Q=QUIT":rem 201
260 FOR I=lTO8:B{I)=l!B(I+8)=I:NEXT